Israel was snubbed by the Academy Awards on Tuesday, with the film "Foxtrot" failing to be nominated for an Academy Award in the best foreign language film category despite being considered a favorite for the award.
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The film, directed by Shmulik Maoz and starring actors Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler, follows a young Israeli soldier stationed at a remote checkpoint and his parents coping with a subsequent tragic event.
The film was elected to represent Israel at the Academy Awards after it won last year's Ophir Award, the Israeli equivalent of the Oscars. In September, the film won the Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, an award granted by members of the jury.
Israel's Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev has harshly criticized the film on numerous occasions and has said she would not have approved the budgeting of the film had she known that it might hurt the Israeli army's image in the world.
"Foxtrot" was shortlisted for an Oscar in December along with entries from Chile, Germany, Hungary, Lebanon, Russia, Senegal, South Africa and Sweden. The 90th Oscars, the first to be held since assault and harrassment accusations rocked Hollywood, will be presented in Los Angeles on March 4.
In anticipation of the film's predicted nomination on Tuesday, here are five must reads on the most talked-about Israeli film of the past year.
Instead of decrying "Foxtrot," Gideon Levy opines, Regev and her ilk should distribute it worldwide as part of their PR effort
Bradley Burston explains why everyone should watch "Foxtrot" – and why he believes Gideon Levy is wrong to describe the film as a hallucinatory embellishment of the occupation
Allison Kaplan Sommer on the ins and outs of Regev's battle with the film
Raya Morag reviews: "Every shot in Shmulik Maoz's 'Foxtrot' shouts the tragic cry of contemporary Israeli life: the howl of parents whose soldier son has died, the bellow of a soldier at a checkpoint, the site of the ruination of Israeli identity"
Nirit Anderman reveals the schmoozing, the PR stunts, and what Harvey Weinstein has got to do with it all