The International Documentary Association named "Waltz with Bashir" best feature-length documentary of the year last Thursday.
The animated film, which describes director Ari Folman's efforts to fill in the gaps in his memories of his military service during the First Lebanon War, shared the prize with the British-American production "Man on Wire," directed by James Marsh.
The latter tells the story of tightrope walker Philippe Petit, who captured world attention in 1974 when he walked a wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York.
However, "Waltz with Bashir" suffered a disappointment two days later, when it competed in four categories of the European Film Academy's annual awards.
It had been nominated for best picture, best director, best screenplay and best original score, but won in only the least prestigious of the categories - best score, for the music composed by Max Richter.
Another Israeli film - "Lemon Tree," by director Eran Riklis - was nominated for best actress (Hiam Abbass) and best screenplay (Riklis and Suha Arraf), but won neither.
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