Korlirin film wins big at Ophir Awards
TEL AVIV — Eran Kolirin’s “The Band’s Visit” was the big winner at Thursday’s Israeli Film Academy Awards, known locally as the Ophir Awards, taking home eight prizes including best film and director.The win automatically makes the pic Israel’s foreign-language Oscar submission. Pic, about an Egyptian police band that gets lost while travelling in Israel, has already picked up a host of awards since its world preem at Cannes, where it won the Jury Coup Du Coeur in the Un Certain Regard section. Sony Pictures Classics picked up rights to the U.S., U.K. and Canada at Cannes, in a deal reputed to be the richest ever for an Israeli feature. THE WINNERS Film “The Band’s Visit” Director Eran Kolirin for “The Band’s Visit” Editing Zohar Sela for “Beaufort” Screenplay Eran Kolirin for “The Band’s Visit” Cinematography Ofer Inov for “Beaufort” Actress Ronit Elkabetz for her role in “The Band’s Visit” Actor Sasson Gabai for his role in “The Band’s Visit” Supporting Actor Saleh Bakri for his role in “The Band’s Visit” Supporting Actress Anat Waxman for her role in “Noodle” Music Habib Shadah for “The Band’s Visit” Art Direction Miguel Markin for “Beaufort” Costumes Doron Ashkenazi for “The Band’s Visit” Sound Israel David and Ashi Milo for “Beaufort”
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