The festival, which runs from November 5-11, opens with 'Higher Ground', which depicts a religious woman's struggles with her heretical thoughts and examines the role of women in religious societies.
Uri Zohar's 1970 movie, 'Hiromamut' has not been shown on screens big or small for years due to a battle over ownership rights.
In his debut documentary, Ithamar Handelman Smith captures the vociferous − albeit not surprising − views of Northern Ireland’s Protestants and Catholics with respect to the situation of Palestinians in Israel.
A record number of Israeli films were represented this year at international festivals, including an award-winning feature directed by an ultra-Orthodox woman and a documentary featuring six former Shin Bet agents.
The festival, which opens in November, will screen some 60 films directed by women, 33 of them Israeli.
In her new film, Dina Zvi-Riklis challenges two deeply entrenched views: the rosy narrative of the pre-state Zionist experience and her own perception of her identity.
This will be the first time the revered institution honors an Israeli director in this way.
'The Law in These Parts,' directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, '5 Broken Cameras,' by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, 'Good Garbage,' by Ada Ushpiz and Shosh Shlam, 'Dolphin Boy,' by Dani Mankin and Yonatan Nir, and 'Chronicles of a Crisis,' by Amos Kollek are the five nominees.
Rama Burshtein's 'Fill the Void', which tells the story of a woman in crisis, snags prizes for best director, best screenplay and best film, securing its place as Israel's entry for the Oscar in this year's foreign-language film category.
The festival's main award – the Golden Lion went to South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's shocking drama 'Pieta.'