Israel’s sole Oscar-winning director dies at 86
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Israel’s sole Oscar-winning director dies at 86

Moshe Mizrahi was first and only filmmaker from Israel to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, with 'Madame Rosa'... submitted by France

Moshe Mizrahi (Screen capture/YouTube)
Moshe Mizrahi (Screen capture/YouTube)

Moshe Mizrahi, the only Israeli director to ever win an Oscar award, died Friday. He was 86.

Born in Egypt in 1931, Mizrahi moved with his family to Israel in 1946, before setting off to France in the late 1950s to pursue his film career.

After directing a number of movies in France, Mizrahi returned to Israel in the 1970s, where he directed “I Love You Rosa,” his first film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Two more of Mizrahi’s films — “The House on Chelouche Street” and “Madame Rosa” — would also be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, with the latter winning the prize in 1977.

The award made him the first and only Israeli director to ever win an Oscar, though the film was submitted by France.

Mizrahi went on to direct a number of other films and in 2001 was awarded with a lifetime achievement prize from the Israeli Academy of Film and Television.

Mizrahi, whose death was announced by Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, is survived by his two children and wife Michal Bat-Adam, an Israeli actress and filmmaker.

His funeral is to be held on Monday.

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