'Testimony,' 'Ha'ugav' among recipients

TEL AVIV — Twelve film and TV projects, each pivoting in a different way around Israel’s capital city, have earned funding thanks to a NIS8 million ($2.14 million) allocation from the Jerusalem Development Authority’s film and television fund.

The fund, Israel’s first municipal film foundation, is committed to promoting Jerusalem’s nascent entertainment industry, and supporting film and TV projects whose action is set within its boundaries.

Full-length features receiving grants include Amichai Greenberg’s “Testimony,” about a devout Jew who learns his mother is not Jewish, thus canceling his own Jewish heritage; and Eitan Anner’s “Ha’ugav,” a nail-biter about a pianist who unsuccessfully seeks solace from mental demons in Jerusalem.

Grants also went to several animated projects: “11th Grade Team Walla,” a television series about five high schoolers fighting a mad scientist; “Sand Castle,” a feature film about the inhabitants of abandoned sand castle; and “Being Solomon,” one of three international co-productions to win coin.

“Being Solomon” is an animated Hungarian-British-Israeli feature about an alliance between the biblical King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and an Arab queen called Na’ama.

Other co-productions to win coin are the Hungarian-Israeli “Fever at Dawn,” and the American-Israeli “The Goat.”

Past projects supported by the Jerusalem Film Fund include Joseph Cedar’s Oscar-nominated “Footnote.”

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