Haifa hands out kudos

'Flood' overwhelmes challengers in Israeli competition

By ALISSA SIMON HAIFA

The official competitions of the 26th Haifa Film Festival wrapped Thursday with the Israeli feature competition prize going to helmer Guy Nattiv’s dysfunctional family drama “The Flood,” which also nabbed kudos for cinematography.

Set on a moshav and intelligently working Biblical metaphors, it follows a family thrown out of balance by the unexpected return of an autistic son.

Helmer-screenwriter Alon Zingman earned best first feature honors for drama “Dusk.” A “Traffic”-like ensembler, unfolding over a single day, it incorporates themes of parent-child relationships and the search for atonement in four intersecting stories.

In the Mediterranean Cinema competition, “Kosmos” from Turkish helmer Reha Erdem took the Golden Anchor, while black comedy “A Somewhat Gentle Man” from Norwegian helmer Hans Petter Moland received the film critics’ nod in the Filmmakers of Tomorrow category.

This year, a new industry program brought four Israeli features at a rough-cut stage to be viewed and discussed by international producers and distributors.

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