Oscar winner and Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino
Oscar winner and Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino greets fans during the open talk event at the 18th Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, Oct. 11, 2013. Photo by AFP
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“Big Bad Wolves”
“Big Bad Wolves” directors Aharon Keshales (left) and Navot Papushado (right), flanking actor Lior Ashkenazi.
Big Bad Wolves poster
Big Bad Wolves poster

Film director Quentin Tarantino gave a glowing endorsement to an Israeli film on Friday, declaring the movie "Big Bad Wolves" to be the best film of the year.

The Academy Award-winning director spoke at the end of the film's screening at the South Korean 18th Busan International Film Festival, during a Q&A session. "Not only is this the best film in Busan, this is the best film of the year," he said.

Many of reporters who mentioned Tarantino's endorsement joined him in praising the Israeli film.

Big Bad Wolves, written and directed by Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales, tells the story of an act of revenge against a cruel murderer of children.

The film stars Israeli actors Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Dov Glickman, Menashe Noy, Dvir Benedek, Ami Weinberg, Nati Kluger, Guy Adler, Kais Nashif and Gur Bentwich

The film won the second largest number of awards at the prestigious Ophir Awards, presented by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television, last month, taking home five awards - best cinematography, best makeup, best production design, best original music and best original soundtrack.

Yuval Adler's debut film “Bethlehem” won six Ophir Awards, and was selected to represent Israel at the upcoming Oscars in the foreign film category.