8 Films Vying for Top J'lem Film Fest Prize

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Eight feature films, three of them adaptations of novels, will compete for the Wolgin Prize at the 27th Jerusalem Film Festival, which opens July 8.

A scene from Dover Koshashvili’s film Infiltration.

"Guy Oni" ("Valley of Fortitude" ), directed by Dan Wolman and based on the Shulamit Lapid novel of the same name, is set in Palestine in the late 19th century and depicts the relationship between a young woman who flees the Russian pogroms and a widower with two children.

The cast includes Tamar Elkan and Zion Ashkenazi. Wolman's previous films include "Tied Hands" and "Ben's Biography."

Nir Bergman's entry, "Hadikduk Hapnimi," is based on David Grossman's "The Book of Intimate Grammar." Set in the 1960s, it tells the story of a boy whose body stops growing. The cast includes Orly Silbersatz and Roi Alsberg. Bergman also directed "Broken Wings."

"Infiltration" is directed by Dover Koshashvili and based on the Yehoshua Kenaz novel "Hitganvut Yehidim," about new recruits at an army training base in the 1950s. The cast includes Oz Zehavi and Alon Levy. Koshashvili's previous films include "Late Marriage" and "Gift from Above."

Actor Moshe Ivgy's first film as director, "Beyom Hashlishi" ("And On the Third Day" ), follows several Tel Aviv residents whose lives intersect over the course of three fateful days. The cast includes, in addition to Ivgy himself, Icho Avital, Efrat Ben-Zur and Sharon Alexander.

Asaf Tajar's "Andarta" ("Monument" ) spins the story of a man who sells dreams to insomniacs. The cast includes Liron Livo and Sarah Adler.

Doron Tsabari's "Hamadrich Lemahapakha" ("Revolution 101" ) combines documentary and fictional elements to depict a campaign for television broadcasting reforms in Israel.

"Sea-Salt," by Itai Lev, is about a successful Israeli actress who is about to release a controversial film.

Avishai Sivan's "Hameshutet" ("The Wanderer" ) was screened in Cannes last month as part of the international festival's Directors Fortnight and is about a young Haredi man whose faith is tested by a medical diagnosis.

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