Israeli films triumph at Berlin film festival
search

Israeli films triumph at Berlin film festival

‘Art/Violence’ and ‘Rock ba’Kasba’ both deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

'Art/Violence' directors Udi Aloni, Maryam Abukhaled and Batool Taleb in Berlin at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. (photo credit: courtesy Art/Violence Facebook page)
'Art/Violence' directors Udi Aloni, Maryam Abukhaled and Batool Taleb in Berlin at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. (photo credit: courtesy Art/Violence Facebook page)

Two independent films produced in Israel that deal with Israeli-Palestinian issues won prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.

Art/Violence,” a joint Palestinian/Israeli film by Batool Taleb, Maryam Abukhale and Udi Aloni, which deals with the aftermath of the 2011 murder of Palestinian/Israeli theater director Juliano Mer-Khamis, won the festival’s Cinema Fairbindet Prize. The prize is awarded to “a film that excels in promoting the current dialogue about particular aspects of the relationship between the Global North and the Global South thanks to its aesthetic, emotional or narrative strengths.”

The International Confederation of Art House Cinemas Panorama prize was awarded to “Rock ba’Kasba” by Yariv Horowitz, an Israeli-French drama about a group of young IDF soldiers in Gaza in the late 1980s. 

The Berlin International Film Festival was founded in 1951 and is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Last week, the Israeli documentary “The Gatekeepers,” which looks into the shadowy and complex world of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, took the Cinema for Peace award for the best documentary on the sidelines of the Berlin festival.

Join us!
A message from the Editor of Times of Israel
David Horovitz

The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.

We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.

Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.

Become a member of The Times of Israel Community
read more:
comments