On Oscars(R) and Israelis
by, 20th October 2011 at 04:16 PM (287 Views)
Usualy, when I see a new film I post a review of it in my Blog. However, as I watched an Israeli film, I won't be sharing my thoughts on it.
But I will talk about a subject related to it: the 84th Acadamy Awards.
Now, I usulay watch the Acadamy Awards for two reasons: 1. I want my favorite films, actors, and filmmakers to win the awards. And 2. I'm rooting for my country in the foreign language category.
Most of the time, Israel doesn't have a nomination in the awards, but every so often there comes a film that breaks the nomination barrier. But even then there were no wins. Sure there were Israeli actors and filmmakers that won for their work on an Israeli film, but not one film actualy won for the entire project.
Some would say it's because there's favoritizem in the acadamy; some radicals would say it's because they hate Israel, but I say it's because of one thing: Israeli-Arabic conflict.
You see, most of the films Israel nominates are about conflict between Israel and Arabic groups and communities. Some, like Operation Thunderbolt, Boufort and Ajame got to participate in the awards, but they still don't win the award. That is because while some are good films they deal with the concept of war, and if we know one thing about Holywood is that they don't like war that much, especially if it's a war that could damage their reputation as an industry that does not get involved in one-side war-mongering.
But today I saw a film that if it gets nominated to the award, it should win it more then any Israeli film that's been nominated.
It's name is Footnote. It tells the story of a Talmud (that's Jewish scriptures) researcher that has conflict with his son about winning the Israel Prize. And although it is directed by the same director as Boufort, Joseph Seder, the first can't be more different from the last. The new film may be in Hebrew, but it does not have a lot of spoken text, which makes it more powerful, as it makes the emotion being projected to the audience strong. And the great thing about it is that it does not have a single national conflict, only conflict between individuals.
I hope that coming this February, Israel will have it's first Acadamy Award for Best Foreign Language Film win.
(A footnote [pun intended]: if you have some radical political or national opinion about Israel or Jeudisim do not post them on my Blog or I will report [though passive comments will be welcomed])
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