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Award criticised by minister of culture, Miri Regev.
The star and director of Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem has passed away following a prolonged battle with cancer.
Other winners include Venice title Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me and documentary Rabin In His Own Words.
Back in Israel for the fourth time to serve as the president of the Haifa Film Festival jury, Mohsen Makhmalbaf is fully conscious of the simmering anger he provokes among the authorities of his native Iran.
Minister for Culture and Sport Miri Regev threatened to cut off subsidies if the documentary was not pulled.