Grossman adaptation earns top award at J'lem Film Festival
The Israeli film "Intimate Grammar" was awarded the Haggiag Award for Best Full-Length Feature Film on Friday at the 27th Jerusalem Film Festival. Director Nir Bergman and producer Assaf Amir accepted the NIS-110,000 award for their work, based on David Grossman's novel "The Book of Intimate Grammar."
The NIS-45,000 Van Leer Prize for best documentary went to "A Film Unfinished," directed by Yael Hersonski and produced by Noemi Schory and Itay Ken-Tor.
Hersonski's first work, which won international plaudits at this year's Hot Docs and Sundance film festivals, also took the Jerusalem festival's NIS-15,000 Forum for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory Award.
The jury members for the prize -filmmaker and New York University professor Shimon Dotan, Berlin Film Festival program director Thomas Hailer, Israeli screenwriter Suha Arraf and Croatian-born French producer Cedomir Kolar - praised the documentary's "detached and unique gaze on the cynicism and cruelty of the Nazi extermination machine. The film serves as a wondrous example of the creation and formation of visual imagery and memory, where the faces of the ghetto's prisoners fill the screen with admonishment and guilt for the degradation of life and contempt for the dead."
The Van Leer Prize for Best First/Second Feature Film, offered for the first time at this year's festival, went to Avishai Sivan's "The Wanderer," a drama that debuted in May at the Cannes Film Festival.
Best actress awards went to Hila Feldman, Efrat Ben-Zur, Alit Kreis and Gal Salomon for their roles in Moshe Ivgi's "And on the Third Day," and best actor to Assaf Ben Shimon for his performance in Dover Kosashvili's "Infiltration."