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'Gentle Monster' wins top prize at Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel International Film Lab

Anna Nemes and Laszlo Csuja’s female body building drama won award worth $50,000.

Hungarian writer-directors Anna Nemes and Laszlo Csuja’s female body building drama Gentle Monster has scooped the top prize $50,000 prize at the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel International Film Lab (Jsfl).Gentle Monster[/link]

A total of 12 feature projects hailing from Brazil, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Georgia and Israel participated in the eighth edition of the eight-month lab.

The awards were handed out at the end of a final wrap up session in Jerusalem, running July 4-8, at which participants pitched their projects to a jury of industry professionals.

Gentle Monster revolves around
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Holy Land Meets Hollywood With ‘When Heroes Fly,’ ‘Shtisel’ Stars on the Rise

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Holy Land Meets Hollywood With ‘When Heroes Fly,’ ‘Shtisel’ Stars on the Rise
Adaptations of such international shows as “BeTipul” and “Prisoners of War” introduced American audiences to Israeli formats. Now a batch of popular Israeli series are thrusting up-and-coming actors into the spotlight, poised to take Hollywood by storm.

Tomer Capon, who was cast by Natalie Portman in her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” and has starred in two hit series overseas, “Fauda” and “When Heroes Fly,” is one such actor making headway in the States.

“Everything happened really fast for me,” Capon says. “When I got the call that Natalie [Portman] wanted to meet with me, I thought it was a joke. I was so naive and green, I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know anything.”

Although Capon says he “wasn’t that well-known and my career was not that stable” at the time, while shooting with Portman he got an audition for “Fauda,” which
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‘The Spy’ Producer Legende Tees Up Three New Drama Series (Exclusive)

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After delivering the Netflix original series “The Spy” with Sacha Baron Cohen, Alain Goldman’s Paris-based company, Legende, is on track to produce three more premium drama series: Yehonatan Indursky’s “Shtetl,” Olivier Dahan and Frédéric Krivine’s “Les Enfants du Paradis” (working title), and “Ulysse.”

“Les Enfants du Paradis” is being developed by Krivine, the creative force behind the long-running series “Un Village Francais,” and will explore the lives of artists, including Coco Chanel, Arletty and Jean Gabin, during the Nazi occupation of France. Dahan, the director of the Marion Cotillard-starrer “La Vie en Rose,” is attached to co-write and helm the series.

“‘Les Enfants du Paradis’ will shed light on the world of artists during World War II when Paris was occupied by the Germans, and will be backed by meticulous research as we’ll aim to stick to what happened during those years and portray the artists as they were.
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Road Trip Movie ‘Yomeddine’ Wins at Geneva Film Festival

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Road Trip Movie ‘Yomeddine’ Wins at Geneva Film Festival
“Yomeddine,” a road-trip movie about an Egyptian leper and a young orphan journeying in search of family, won the Reflet d’Or for best feature film at the 24th Geneva Intl. Film Festival Saturday. The character-driven drama, Egyptian-Austrian director A.B. Shawky’s feature debut, premiered in competition in Cannes, and is Egypt’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar.

The features jury, led by Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé, gave a special mention to Bi Gan’s languorous noir love story “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” The director’s sophomore feature tracks a lovelorn drifter’s return to his hometown in Southwest China.

Autonomies,” written and created by Yehonatan Indursky and Ori Elon, and directed by Indursky, received the Reflet d’Or for best TV series. In the alternate-reality drama, Israel has split in two states: Jerusalem is ultra-Orthodox, while Tel Aviv is a secular state. The action focuses on two
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‘La Casa de Papel’ : 5 Creative Cruxes

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Lille, France — Lightning rarely strikes twice, but Alex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato most certainly have. Produced by Mediapro’s Globomedia for Atresmedia and, in its third season, Fox España, “Vis a Vis” (Locked Up), which Pina and Martinez Lobato co-created and co-wrote, is frequently singled out as one of Spain’s first free-to-air series to sport an undoubted cable-edge. Now, having launched their own shingle, Vancouver Media, 18 month ago, Martínez and Pina have made history with “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”). A free-to-air series made for Atresmedia, where its ratings were just so-so, it has famously been acquired by Netflix and gone on to be confirmed by the streaming giant in their first quarter results as Netflix’s most-watched non-English language series ever.

“La Casa de Papel” creator Pina and co-writer and script coordinator Martínez Lobato visited Series Mania’s Forum on Wednesday to take a packed crowd
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Keshet Intl. World Premieres ‘Autonomies’ at Series Mania

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Keshet Intl. World Premieres ‘Autonomies’ at Series Mania
Lille, France — Israel’s Keshet Intl. world premiered Episodes 1 and 2 of their new alternate-reality drama “Autonomies” at Series Mania in Lille, France on Tuesday May 1. They will screen them again on May 2, before the series heads to the airwaves this summer.

The series is penned by Yehonatan Indursky and Ori Elon, with Indursky directing as well. United Studios of Israel produced, and Keshet Intl. is handling sales, while domestically the series will broadcast on local broadcaster Hot’s linear channel, and on the Hot VOD platform.

The series takes place in an Israel not so dissimilar to the one of our world. The technologies are the same, people face the same daily problems and religious tensions are high. In the world of “Autonomies” however, the nation is divided by a wall between the secular “State of Israel,” with Tel Aviv as its capital, and the “Haredi Autonomy” led from Jerusalem,
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Series Mania 2018 competition line-up includes Jesse Armstrong, Abi Morgan projects

Includes world premieres of Succession and The Split.

The world premiere of the 60-minute pilot episode of HBO’s Succession, written by Jesse Armstrong, the UK creator of Peep Show and Fresh Meat, and directed by Adam McKay, whose credits include The Big Short and Anchorman, will open the ninth edition of Series Mania in Lille on April 27.

Brian Cox, Hiam Abbass and Matthew Macfadyen head the ensemble cast of Succession, which follows the travails of a dysfunctional media dynasty.

Additionally, the Official Competition is comprised of 10 world premieres of original global TV series. They include BBC and Sundance TV series The Split,
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Beta Cinema boards Israeli drama 'Before Memory'

Beta Cinema boards Israeli drama 'Before Memory'
Exclusive: Film marks debut feature of Yehonatan Indursky, director of award-winning short The Cantor And The Sea.

German sales agent Beta Cinema has boarded worldwide sales on Before Memory, the debut feature from Jerusalem-born director Yehonatan Indursky.

The Israel-France co-production recently wrapped a 23-day shoot in Tel Aviv and the nearby city of Bnei Brak.

Indursky won the best director prize in last year’s Jerusalem Film Festival short film competition for The Cantor And The Sea.

He previously made documentary Ponevez Time, which was nominated for an Israeli Academy Award. His graduation short from the Sam Spiegel Film School Driver played at Jerusalem in 2011, while he is also known for co-creating the award-winning Israeli TV series Shtisel.

Producers on his debut feature are Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren for Pie Films and Moshe Edery and Leon Edery of United King. French outfit Haut et Court co-produce.

It tells the story of a man (played by [link
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‘Tikkun’, 'Hotline' win in Jerusalem

‘Tikkun’, 'Hotline' win in Jerusalem
Avishai Sivan’s religious drama wins Best Israeli Feature while Hotline scoops Van Leer award for Best Documentary.Scroll down for full list of winners

Avishai Sivan’s drama Tikkun has won Best Israeli Feature at the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival, which held its awards ceremony last night [July 16] and closes on Sunday.

Tikkun, which follows a committed Hassidic student who begins to doubt himself after a life-changing experience, won the Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Feature Film, which comes with a $31,500 (Ils 120,000) prize.

The film also won the Anat Pirchi Award for Best Script, which comes with a $2,600 (Ils 10,000) prize, the Haggiag Award for Best Actor for lead Khalifa Natour, also accompanied by a $2,600 (Ils 10,000) prize, and the Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography, which scoops $2,400 (Ils 9,000).

The film was directed by Avishai Sivan and produced by Ronen Ben-Tal, Avishai Sivan, Moshe Edery and Leon Edery of Plan B Productions.

Tikkun will also
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Jerusalem announces Israeli films line-up

Titles in the Feature and Documentary Film competitions unveiled.Scroll down for full list

The programme of Israeli films at the 35th Jerusalem Film Festival (July 9-19) has been revealed, including Feature and Documentary Film competitions.

The winner of the Haggiag Competition for Isreali Feature Films will take home the biggest prize in any Israeli film competition: $32,000 (120,000 Nis).

Prizes are also awarded for best first feature, actor, actress, cinematography, editing, screenplay, music and the audience choice award, as well as the Van Leer Competition for Israeli Documentary Films.

Other competitions include the International Spirit of Freedom competition and the Jewish Experience competition.

The festival will feature more than 200 Israeli and international films.

Full line-up

Synopses provided by Jerusalem Film Festival

Haggiag Competition for Israeli Feature Films

Tikkun (dir. Avishai Sivan; pro. Ronen Ben-Tal, Avishai Sivan, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery)

Cast: Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Riki Blich, Gur Sheinberg

Haim-Aharon, a Hassidic yeshiva student, collapses and loses
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