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Israeli thriller ‘Tehran’ nominated for International Emmy Award

Separately, Roy Nik tapped for a best actor nomination for his role in Israeli series ‘Normali’

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel

This image released by Apple TV+ shows Niv Sultan as Tamar Rabinyan in a scene from 'Tehran.' (Apple TV+ via AP)
This image released by Apple TV+ shows Niv Sultan as Tamar Rabinyan in a scene from 'Tehran.' (Apple TV+ via AP)

Two Israeli productions were nominated on Thursday for the prestigious 2021 International Emmy Awards.

“Tehran,” the Israeli thriller produced by the Kan public broadcaster and picked up globally by Apple TV+, was nominated for best drama series. The show, which first aired in Israel last June and premiered on Apple TV last September, tells the story of a young Mossad agent deep undercover in Tehran, on a mission to help pave the way for an IDF airstrike on an Iranian nuclear reactor.

The show, which gained critical acclaim both inside and outside Israel, stars Niv Sultan as Tamar, the young Mossad agent, alongside Navid Negahban, Menashe Noy and Shaun Toub. It was written and created by Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden and Maor Kohn.

“Tehran” was nominated for an International Emmy alongside the Indian series “Aarya,” the Chilean show “El Presidente” and the British program “There She Goes” in the best drama category.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to be held in New York on November 22.

The second season of the series is currently being filmed in Athens, where the Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close has joined the show.

Separately, Israeli actor Roy Nik was nominated for best actor for his role in the Israeli TV series “Normali.” The show, which premiered on HOT last year, features Nik as lead character Noam, a struggling writer. He is competing against Nawazuddin Siddique in the Indian series “Serious Men,” Christian Tappán in the Colombia show “El Robo del Siglo” and David Tennant in the British program “Des.”

Israel has only ever won two International Emmy Awards: best comedy in 2018 for the series “Nevsu” and best comedy in 2010 for the show “Ramzor.”

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