Local plays to receive international exposure

Theater managers, directors and playwrights from around the world will be in Israel from today through Thursday to see 16 Israeli plays as part of International Exposure 2012. The plays will include fringe theater as well as those performed at Israel's classic repertory theaters, including Habima Theater's "Merchant of Venice" and the Cameri's "Richard III." (Shir Hacham)

French cultural order salutes Yoram Kaniuk

Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk, whose 2010 War of Independence memoir "1948" won the Sapir Prize for Literature and was published this year in English, French, Spanish and German, was named an officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters last week. "It's terribly exciting because until today I was a private, and now I'm suddenly an officer, and a French one at that," Kaniuk told Haaretz. (Maya Sela)

'Tikkun' film wins 60,000 euro int'l grant

Avishai Sivan's "Tikkun," about a brilliant young ultra-Orthodox Torah scholar who becomes driven by sexual urges after a near-death experience, won a 60,000 euro production grant last week from TorinoFilmLab, an international laboratory offering training, development and economic support for film productions. "Tikkun," which is being produced by Ronen Ben Tal, is Sivan's second full-length feature. His first, "The Wanderer," also focused on a yeshiva student. Filming is due to begin next year. (Nirit Anderman)

Documentary about occupation scoops up film competition prizes

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's "The Law in These Parts," which chronicles what the director has called "the legal mechanism created around Israel's 44-year military occupation of the Palestinian people," was the big winner at the Israeli Documentary Film Competition last week, scooping up the prizes for best full-length film, best research, best editing and best music. The film's makers will receive a NIS 300,000 production grant and a NIS 15,000 distribution grant, as well as an NIS 18,000 cash prize. (Nirit Anderman)