Israel to be ‘country of focus’ at IFFI 2018

New Delhi, Nov 12 (IEEntertainment) Every year IFFI features a ‘country of focus’ that brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular Country.

In the 49th edition of IFFI, the ‘Country of Focus’ will be Israel.

Ten films in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai, have been selected for the country focus package.

The Opening film for the Country Focus Section is ‘The Other Story’ by Avi Nesher. Other films in the section include Footnote, The Other Story, The Bubble, Working Woman, The Unorthodox, Longing, Para Aduma, Redemption, Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema and Waltz with Bashir.

Popular Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul to be the special guest as part of Israeli delegation

The famous Israeli Actor, Alon Aboutboul, known for his stellar work in Hollywood films including, Rambo III, Munich by Steven Spielberg, Body of Lies by Ridley Scott, London Has Fallen and The Dark Knight Rises, will be the special guest as part of Israel delegation.

The veteran actor known for his deep chesty voice, has over the years played many theatre shows, mostly in the Habima Theatre, which included among others: Hamlet, Caviar and Lentils, Blood Brothers, Closer, and Forgiveness.

Some of the popular works of Aboutboul include the Israeli film Shiva (2008), and the American film Body of Liesdirected by Ridley Scott in which he played alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. Aboutboul then went on to star in Yigal Burstein’s film Hand of God alongside Moshe Ivgy and Dorit Bar-Or. His performance with Moshe Ivgy earned both of them the Best Actor Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

In addition to this, Aboutboul was awarded the IFFI Best Actor award at the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa.

Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman, best known for Hide and Seek, Tied Hands, to be awarded the Lifetime achievement Award

Veteran Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman is a director and writer, known for his works like Hide and Seek (1980), Tied Hands (2006) and Ben’s Biography (2003).

Wolman’s films have been presented in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Shanghai, Goa, Moscow, to name a few and have won awards and prizes the world over. Dan received a ‘Lifetime achievement award’ at Jerusalem International film festival and ‘The Silver Hugo’ award at the Chicago International Film Festival for his unique vision and innovative work. In January 2015 he was awarded the ‘Arik Einstein prize’ for his achievements and contribution to Israeli cinema and culture.

In 2016 Dan won ‘The Ophir Life Time Achievement Award’ by the Israeli Film Academy.

Wolman was in Goa earlier in March this year as a part of an art festival held in Panjim where his film, An Israeli Love Story was screened. The 2017 film is a love story set in 1947 – around the time of the formation of Israel.

Dan Wolman was also a part of the jury at the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa in 2011.

In addition to screening the ten chosen films, the Indo-Israeli Co-production Seminar is slated to be held on 22nd November 2018 at the 49th IFFI.

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