Could be nominated for the documentary Oscar. From "Inbal Perlmutter - If It's Over" (Photo: Ronen Lalena, courtesy of Docaviv Festival)
The documentary "Inbal Perlmutter - If It's Over," by filmmakers Sharon Luzon and Abigail Sperber, is the winner of the Best Film Award in the Israeli competition of the 25th Docaviv Film Festival, it was announced Wednesday evening. This is "thanks to the sensitive depiction of a tormented and charismatic soul and the use of a wide variety of narrative and cinematic means to tell a fascinating and tragic story," as the judges explained in the Israeli competition, which included director Pavel Lozhinsky, Angliki Petro of the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, producer Anat Kandel, and directors Paul Song and Alon Marom.
The film in question deals with the life and death of the leader of the band of witches, among other things through her private diaries that were revealed in it for the first time and give a glimpse into the soul and feelings of the musician, who died at the age of only 26. As a result of winning the festival, the film (which will be screened later in Bis Docu) is eligible to automatically submit an Academy Award nomination, and will even receive a designated marketing grant for this purpose.
Investigative Award. "1948 - To Remember and Forget" (Photo: Itay Raziel, courtesy of Docaviv Festival)
The Israel Broadcasting Corporation dominates the list of other major awards: Yefim Garboy won the Director's Award for the film "Lies I Told Myself" he created about his own family, and the film even won the editing award, which was awarded jointly to Garboy and Yosef Greenfeld. Limor Pinchasov's "Prisoner X", in which Michal Ben-Horin combines interviews with serial killers and other psychopaths with her story following in the footsteps of her father, Motke Kedar, known as "Prisoner X", won the Jury Prize, while "1948 - To Remember and Forget", which recounts through diaries and memoirs a series of war crimes in the War of Independence and their forgetfulness and forgetfulness, won the Investigative Prize (given to Lily Yudinsky, Gal Ronzabot and Jeanne Basol). All these will be broadcast in the future on Kan 11.
Other winners of the Israeli competition: Itay Marom's "Observation Diary", which focuses on the documentation of birder Amit Geffen who died young, won the photography prize. Matan Ben Moreh's "Nora," about a woman who established an animal shelter, won the prize for debut film. Hila Medalia's "Life and Death in Lod" (MTV documentary), which dives into tensions between Jews and Arabs in the mixed city, won the Kadar Foundation Award for "Israeli storyteller." The soundtrack award was won by Moshe Dabul for Ofer Pinchasov's "The Orchestra" (Yes Doku), which is dedicated to the story of the Kol Israel station in Arabic.
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Photography Award. From "Observation Diary" (photo: courtesy of Docaviv Festival)
In the international competition, the winner of the grand prize is D. Smith's Cocomo City, which deals with black transwomen in the sex industry. Honorable mention was given to the film "20 Days in Mariupol" by Mstislav Chernov, which deals with the horrors of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The award for Best Short Film went to "Moody" by Thomas Rutter and Carolina Caravan. Both "Moody" and "Kokomo City" are eligible for automatic Academy Award nominations by virtue of their winnings.
Angie Vinchito's "Manifesto," which deals with the world of teenagers in Putin's Russia, won the Artistic Vision Award in the "Depth of Field" competition, while Nisha Pahoja's "Overcoming the Tiger" won the "Beyond the Screen" competition. The student film competition was won by Yasmin Sheft and Amit Gavish, which deals with a 19-year-old woman who becomes pregnant and her relationship with her mother. Finally, the Yad Vashem Prize for Excellence in Holocaust Documentary was won by Ilan Golod's Nathanism, which tells the story of an American soldier who was stationed at the Nuremberg Trials and has since become an artist who created following what he was exposed to at the time.
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