It's been a little over three years since "Beaufort" made its international debut at the Berlin Film Festival, and writer-director Joseph Cedar began shooting his latest movie, "He'arat Shulayim" ("Footnote"), in Jerusalem yesterday.
Shlomo Bar-Aba and Lior Ashkenazi will play the leads. The film has a production budget of NIS 6.8 million and is scheduled for 30 shooting days in Jerusalem.
Cedar wrote the screenplay, as he did for all his previous films, including "Hahesder" ("Time of Favor") in 2000, and 2004's "Madurat Hashevet" ("Campfire").
"Footnote" takes place behind the scenes of the Israel Prize, with Bar-Aba and Ashkenazi playing a father and son, both of them professors and Talmud scholars nominated for the award.
Cedar's father, Prof. Chaim (Howard) Cedar, won the Israel Prize in Biology. The cast also includes Alma Zack, Aliza Rosen and Micah Lewensohn.
"Footnote" marks Bar-Aba's return to film after more than 20 years. Since playing the lead in Haim Bouzaglo's "Nisuim Fiktivim" ("Fictitious Marriage"), in 1988, Bar-Aba has focused on theater, with occasional forays into television.
He appeared in a few movies before "Fictitious Marriage," including Yehuda Ne'eman's "Masa Alunkot" ("Stretcher Journey") and "Paratroopers"; and Ilan Eldad's "Hamegillah '83."
Cedar's last film, "Beaufort," was Israel's entry for the Oscars two years ago and was one of five films nominated in the foreign-language category (which the Austrian film "The Counterfeiters" won).
Cedar was awarded the Golden Bear for best director at the Berlin International Film Festival, for the movie. More than 300,000 people in Israel saw the film, which was based on Ron Leshem's novel "Im Yesh Gan Eden" (published in English as "Beaufort").
The producers for "Footnote" are Moshe Edery, Leon Edery and David Mandil, who also produced "Beaufort," with support from the Israel Film Fund, the Avi Chai Foundation and other organizations.
WestEnd Films is to distribute the film internationally.
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