Israeli Persian-language film to contend for Oscar
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Israeli Persian-language film to contend for Oscar

‘Baba Joon,’ a story of an Iranian immigrant family in Israel, wins top prize at prestigious Ophir Awards

A scene from the film "Baba Joon. (courtesy)
A scene from the film "Baba Joon. (courtesy)

Israel’s first-ever Persian-language film, “Baba Joon,” won the country’s top film award on Monday, securing it a spot as Israel’s submission for the 2016 Oscars in the Foreign Language Film category.

“Baba Joon,” which tells the story of an Israeli family of Jewish immigrants from Iran, won Best Picture at the prestigious Ophir Awards (also known as the Israeli Oscars).

The film, directed by Yuval Delshad, won four other awards including Art Direction (Yehuda Eko), Music (Eyal Saeed Mani), Costume Design (Ofer Yanov) and Casting (Noa Ella).

The night’s other big winner was Erez Tadmor’s “Wounded Land” (Best Director — Erez Tadmor, Best Actor — Roy Assaf, Best Makeup — Orly Ronen and Shiran Cohen). Moran Rosenblatt won Best Actress for Wedding Doll.

Baba Joon stars 13-year-old Asher Avrahami, who is joined on screen by Iranian American actors Navid Negahban (best known for playing terrorist mastermind Abu Nazir in Showtime’s “Homeland”) and David Diaan.

Debra Kamin contributed to this report.

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