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Eight movies are in the running for this year's best Israeli feature film award at the Haifa International Film Festival, which opens on September 23. Two of the eight are also being considered for the Ophir Award for best picture.

"The Human Resources Manager," a film adaptation of a book by A.B. Yehoshua and directed by Eran Riklis, and "Mabul," which was directed by Guy Nattiv and stars Ronit Elkabetz, Tzachi Grad and Michael Moshonov, are being screened at the festival and are also candidates for the top prize in Israeli film.

At the festival's opening ceremony in Haifa, Elkabetz will be presented a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to Israeli film. The Israel Film Fund will also receive an award to mark its 30th anniversary.

The other six movies competing for the title of best feature film are "Man Without a Cell Phone," directed by Sameh Zoabi; "Dusk," which was directed by Alon Zingman; "Naomi," which was directed by Eitan Zur and based on the book by Edna Mazi; "Je t'aime, I love you terminal," a film directed by Dani Menkin; "Nika," directed by Arnon Tzadok; and "Black Bullet," which was directed by Haim Bouzaglo.

In addition, 12 films will be considered for the best Israeli documentary. They include "One on One," by director Dori Rivkin; "The Lady of the Court," which was directed by Amnon Binyamin; "In Third Person," which was directed by Artur Yakobov and Sharon Atias; "When Israel Went Out," which was directed by Meni Elias; "The Hangman," which was directed by Netalie Braun; "23 Naphtali St.," which was directed by Vered Yeruham and Oren Reich; "Mirale," which was directed by Vered Berman; "Women of Hamas," which was directed by Suha Arraf; "Aisha," which was directed by Oshri Hayun and Hila Cohen; "Edges," which was directed by Tal Avitan; "The Human Windmill," which was directed by Danny Verete; and "Remember His Name," which was directed by Yair Raveh, Nir Bergman, Dover Kosashvili, Joseph Cedar and Gili Ganon.

Three films will be screened as part of the festival's Jewish identity category: "One of Seven," a movie written by former Haaretz reporter Goel Pinto; "Jewish Niggers," which was directed by Moran Ifergan; and "Jewish Now," which was directed by Galia Oz.

In the best television drama category, the nominees are "Guest," which was directed by Roy Krispel; "My Problems with Women," which was directed by Rani Saar and Alon Benari; "Another Life," which was directed by Arik Rotstein; "Lenin in October," which was directed by Evgeny Ruman; "Consolation," which was directed by Edit Sheratzki; and "Hametz," which was directed by Alon Levi.