Avishai Sivan’s “Tikkun,” a stirring portrait of an ultra-Orthodox man in Jerusalem grappling with questions of faith, took top honors at the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival Thursday evening.
Sivan’s pic was awarded the Haggiag Family Award for Israeli Cinema for best feature. Best documentary honors from the Van Leer Foundation went to “Hotline,” Silvina Landsmann’s look at a tiny NGO grappling with a major issue: the flood of African migrants and asylum seekers struggling to make it as undocumented workers in the gritty recesses of Tel Aviv.
The Anat Pirchi Award for best Israeli debut feature went to “Wedding Doll,” Nitzan Gilady’s look at a young mentally challenged woman who works in a toilet paper factory and finds an unexpected romance; and the Anat Pirchi Award for best Israeli feature script was given to Sivan for “Tikkun.”
The two films continued their winning streak in the best actor categories, with Khalifa Natour earning the Haggiag Award for Best Actor for his emotional take as a tormented father. Best actress honors went to Asi Levi for her star turn in “Wedding Doll.”
More than 200 films were screened throughout this installment of the Jerusalem Film Festival, which is considered Israel’s most prestigious sprocket opera. Actor John Turturro brought star power to the fest’s opening night, which kicked of with a screening of Nanni Moretti’s “My Mother.”
Fest will officially close on July 19 with an outdoor screening of “The Godfather,” accompanied by live orchestration of the score conducted by Justin Freer.