Israel’s Ophir Awards Winner, ‘Baba Joon,’ Heads for the Oscars

TEL AVIV — “Baba Joon,” a low-budget indie from first-time director Yuval Delshad, nabbed best picture at Israel’s Ophir Awards Monday night and is now set to be the Jewish State’s submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.

The pic, a Metro Prods.-United King production, zooms in on Israel’s Iranian Jewish population and is the nation’s first-ever film in Farsi. It stars Navid Negabhan (“Homeland”) as an immigrant father struggling to pass his traditions onto his son.

Other winners Monday night included Erez Tadmor as best director for “Wounded Land,” about a policeman responding to a terror attack; Roy Assaf for best actor in that same film; Moran Rosenblatt for best actress for her role as a mentally-challenged factory worker in “Wedding Doll”; Devora Keidar, a 91-year-old actress, as best supporting actress for her turn in “Fire Birds”; and Norman Issa (“Arab Labor”) for best supporting actor in “The 90 Minute War.” Best screenplay went to Elad Keidan for “Afterthought.”

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