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Baba Joon triumphs at the Ophir Awards


- Yuval Delshad’s film wins five trophies, including Best Feature Film – which means it will represent Israel at the Oscars

Baba Joon triumphs at the Ophir Awards
Baba Joon by Yuval Delshad

Baba Joon, Yuval Delshad’s feature-fiction debut was awarded Best Feature Film at the Ophir Awards ceremony on Monday, 21 September. The first Persian-language film to be shot in Israel, world-premiered in Toronto, is the chronicle of the burgeoning conflict between father and son in a hard-working Iranian-Israeli family. The story follows Yitzhak, who runs the turkey farm that his father built with his own two hands after they emigrated from Iran to Israel, and his son Moti, who is turning 13, as he is taught the trade, hoping that he will continue the proud family tradition, although he himself doesn’t like working in the barn, but prefers to fix up cars from the junkyard and bring them back to life.

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Winning the Ophir Award for Best Feature Film also means being chosen as the Israeli submission for the Oscars. The film will vie for Best Foreign-language film statuette. 

Baba Joon received five Ophirs in total: Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Art Direction and Best Casting. Other winners include Erez Tadmor’s Wounded Land (Best Director, Best Actor for Roy Assaf), Elad Keidan’s Afterthought (Best Screenplay) and Nitzan Giladi’s Wedding Doll (Best Actress for Moran Rosenblatt).

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