Eran Riklis
Director Eran Riklis, right, with actor Danny Huston.
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The film "Playoff," based on the true life story of legendary Israeli basketball coach Ralph Klein, will premier at the Montreal World Film Festival this month.

The high-budget film - some NIS 25 million - directed by Eran Riklis ("Lemon Tree," "The Syrian Bride" ) will contend in the festival's main section, World Competition. Five other Israeli films will take part in out-of-competition categories at the Canadian festival, the most important of its kind in North America.

"Playoff" is based on one episode in Klein's life. A few years after winning the European Championships with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Klein, a Holocaust survivor, was offered the post of coaching the German national team. Despite the dilemma he took the job and brought Germany's national team to the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics.

Klein's character is played by American actor Danny Huston ("21 grams," "The Constant Gardener" ).

The film, written by Gidon Maron and David Akerman, is an Israeli-French-German coproduction. Riklis' "The Syrian Bride" was awarded the Best Film at the Montreal Film Festival in 2004 and three other prizes there.

Michal Aviad's "Invisible" ("Lo Roim Alaich" ), which has already been screened in Berlin, Hagar Ben-Asher's "The Slut," which has been screend in Cannes and Guy Nattiv's "The Flood" ("Mabul" ) will be shown in the festival's Hors Concours (out of competiton ) section Focus on World Cinema.

David Fisher's documentary "Mostar Round Trip" and Omer Bublil's short "Mornin', Good Night" will also be presented at the festival.