Two Israeli films have been selected to have their world premieres at the 69th Venice Film Festival, Haaretz reported on Sunday. The Venice Film Festival runs from August 29-September 8 in Venice, Italy and is considered one of the most prestigious films festivals in the world.
“Fill the Void,” a film by Rama Burshtein about Hassidic life in contemporary Tel Aviv, has been entered in the official competition, while “The Cut-Off Man,” about a worker who must shut off the water of those who haven’t paid, has been selected for the “Horizons” section of the festival, which showcases non-traditional film making.
Both films were due to have their premieres at the Jerusalem Film Festival, which begins on Thursday, but were pulled so that they could be released in Venice.
If “Fill the Void” wins the coveted Golden Lion award, the top honor at the Venice Film Festival, it won’t be the first Israeli film to do so: Samuel Maoz’s “Lebanon” took the top prize in 2009.