Israel’s ‘Epilogue’ wins big at India film fest

Israel’s ‘Epilogue’ wins big at India film fest

The movie, from director Amir Manor, follows an elderly couple struggling with the realities of modern Israel

Debra writes for the JTA, and is a former features writer for The Times of Israel.

A seen from Amir Manor's "Epilogue." (photo credit:YouTube screenshot)
A seen from Amir Manor's "Epilogue." (photo credit:YouTube screenshot)

The Israeli film “Epilogue” nabbed a major award this week at the Bangalore International Film Festival in India.

The film, from director Amir Manor and producer Assaf Amir, is a quiet and touching look at the life of an aging couple struggling to cope with the realties of modern Israel. Much in the style of Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” which last year won both an Oscar and the Cannes Palme d’Or, it is a simple, character-driven story featuring excellent performance by its two leads (Yosef Carmon and Rivka Gur).

“Epilogue” picked up BIFF’s Netpack award in the Asian Cinema category of the festival, which closed on Wednesday after screening more than 150 films in the capital city of the Karnataka State of India.

Festival Jury head Rajesh Gongaju told the Times of India, “It was a difficult choice to make. But Epilogue won the award unanimously for its precise storytelling.”

“Epilogue” is a product of arthouse production company Norma Productions, who are also the force behind other Israeli festival darlings such as “Fill the Void,” “Noodle,” and “Broken Wings.” It also picked up awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival and screened at Venice.

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