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JERUSALEM 2016

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The Jerusalem Film Festival comes to an end

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- Last Days of Louis XIV and One Week and a Day take home the top prizes from the festival

The Jerusalem Film Festival comes to an end
Jean-Pierre Léaud in Albert Serra’s Last Days of Louis XIV, the winner of Best International Film

The 33rd edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) concluded on 17 July. According to the organisers, the audience attendance this year is more than likely to have broken all previous records at the JFF. In addition, important guests such as auteurs Quentin Tarantino, Laurie Anderson, Whit Stillman and many key industry executives graced the festival with their presence.

In the inaugural international competition section, Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
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interview: Albert Serra
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]
 took home the Wilf Family Foundation Award for Best International Film. Directed by Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra, the movie had its premiere at Cannes, exploring the theme of mortality through the Sun King’s struggle in his final, bedridden days. Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s Oscar-nominated A War [+see also:
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interview: Tobias Lindholm
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]
 also received an Honourable Mention from the jury comprising Alison Thompson of Cornerstone Films, Icelandic director of Rams [+see also:
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interview: Grimur Hakonarson
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]
 Grímur Hákonarson and Israeli filmmaker Tayla Lavie.

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The FIPRESCI Award for Best International First Film went to the Turkish-French-Romanian co-production Albüm [+see also:
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interview: Mehmet Can Mertoglu
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]
, directed by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, while the same prize for Best Israeli First Film was snatched by Asaph Polonsky’s One Week and a Day [+see also:
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, which was also the winner of the Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Feature Film, the Anat Prichi Award for Best First Film and the Anat Prichi Award for Best Script.

Additionally, many other European films or co-productions received accolades at the festival: David Pablos’ Mexican-French co-production The Chosen Ones [+see also:
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]
 took home the Cummings Award for Best Feature Film within the In the Spirit of Freedom competition. In the same section, the Cambodian-French documentary Exile [+see also:
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]
 received an Honourable Mention. In the Jewish Experience sidebar, Belgian director Chantal Ackerman’s No Home Movie [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 won the Avner Shalev–Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award for Holocaust-related Films, and the jury gave an Honourable Mention to Forever Pure, an Israeli-UK documentary directed by Maya Zinshtein, who also received Best Director of a Documentary in the Israeli main competition.

Here is the list of winners at the 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival:

International Competition

Wilf Family Foundation Award for Best International Film
Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Albert Serra
film profile
]
 – Albert Serra

Honourable Mention
A War [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Tobias Lindholm
film profile
]
– Tobias Lindholm

Debuts Competition

FIPRESCI Award for Best International First Film
Albüm [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Mehmet Can Mertoglu
film profile
]
 – Mehmet Can Mertoğlu

FIPRESCI Award for Best Israeli Debut
One Week and a Day [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Asaph Polonsky

In the Spirit of Freedom Competition in memory of Win van Leer

Cummings Award for Best Feature Film
The Chosen Ones [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – David Pablos

Ostrovsky Award for Best Documentary Film
Hooligan Sparrow – Nanfu Wang

Honourable Mention
Exile [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Rithy Panh

Israeli Film Competition

Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Feature Film
One Week and a Day – Asaph Polonsky

Van Leer Award for Best Documentary Film
Dimona Twist – Michal Aviad

Anat Pirchi Award for Best First Film
One Week and a Day – Asaph Polonsky

Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary
Maya Zinshtein – Forever Pure

Anat Prichi Award for Best Script
One Week and a Day – Asaph Polonsky

Haggiag Award for Best Actress
Shiree Nadav-Naor – Beyond the Mountains and Hills [+see also:
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]

Haggiag Award for Best Actor
Moris Cohen – Our Father

Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography
Yaron Scharf – Harmonia

Haggiag Award for Best Editing
Justine Wright and Noam Amit – Forever Pure

Haggiag Award for Best Music
Ruth Dolores Weiss – We Had a Forest

Audience Favourite Award
Saving Neta – Nir Bergman

The Jewish Experience Awards

Avner Shalev–Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award for Holocaust-related Films
No Home Movie [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Chantal Ackerman

Lia Van Leer Award for Films about Jewish Heritage
Harmonia – Ori Sivan

Honourable Mention
Forever Pure – Maya Zinshtein

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