The "Ophir" Israeli academy awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, September 19.
All five films nominated for Best Israeli Feature Films received the support of the Israel Film Fund.
The five nominated films were
Doubtful dir. by: Eliran Eliya
Foxtrot dir. by: Samuel Maoz
In Between dir. by: Maysaloun Hamoud
Longing dir. by: Savi Gabizon
Scaffolding dir. : Matan Yair
"Foxtrot" is the big winner with 8 awards including Best film and is Israel's Oscars Entry for 2018
The film received the Best Film award at the ceremony as well as Best director – Samuel Maoz, Best Actor – Lior Ashkenazi, Best Cinematography – Giora Bejach, Best Editing – Guy Nemesh, Arik Lahav Leibovich, Best Original Score – Ophir Leibovich, Amit Poznansky, Best Soundtrack – Alex Claude, Best Artistic Design – Arad Sawat
Foxtrot is a tragic story of father and son. Like the dance it is called after the films is also the story of how we strive to move forward but get pulled back by our past, our relationships our obligations, and how ultimately fate directs our lives in ways we cannot imagine or foresee.
Foxtrot is an Israel – France – Germany co-production.
The film premiered in Venice and where it received the Silver Lion Award. Shortly after the film screened in Toronto, Telluride and London BFI Film Festival.
This is Samuel Maoz's second film. "Lebanon" his first film won the Golden Lion Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.
"In Between" won two awards including Best Actress – Shaden Kanboura and Best supporting actress – Mouna Hawa.
"Longing" directed and written by Savi Gabizon won the Best Script award.
"Scaffolding" won the Best supporting actor award – Ami Smolarchik
"Doubtful" received the Best Casting award – Orit Azoulay
In Between, Doubtful and Scaffolding are all directed by first time directors.
Also interesting to note that most of the films take place in the social and geographical peripheries of Israeli society.