"World Cinema: Israel"

My book, "World Cinema: Israel" (originally published in 1996) is available from Amazon on "Kindle", with an in-depth chapter comparing and analyzing internationally acclaimed Israeli films up to 2010.

Want to see some of the best films of recent years? Just scroll down to "best films" to find listings of my recommendations.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Footnote is nominated for an Oscar

Joseph Cedar's film, Footnote, has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Unlike the other Israeli films of recent years that were nominated for an Oscar  -- Ajami, Waltz with Bashir, and Beaufort (also directed by Joseph Cedar) -- this film has nothing to do with the big "issues", no war, no heroes or anti-heroes, and nothing to do with Arab-Jewish relations.

Some have complained that Footnote is about an esoteric subject that won't appeal to many viewers.  The opposite is true.  Because of its subject matter, it becomes more universal than other Israeli films.  Yes, it is a film about strait-laced Jerusalem Talmudic scholars, but is is also about father-son relations and about competition and envy in the academic world. It is also about the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, the akedah, in which the father, if required, is willing to sacrifice his son on the altar, and, at the same time, his grown son is willing to take the step to become the sacrifice!

If you have missed Footnote, read about it in previous postings on this blog.

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