'Footnote' Vies To Grab First Israeli Oscar

By Haaretz

Published February 26, 2012.

The team behind “Footnote,” the Israeli film that has been nominated for an Oscar award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, spent the weekend at a number of events hosted in Los Angeles in the run-up to the Oscars ceremony on Sunday.

The film’s director, Joseph Cedar, who also directed “Beaufort”, which was nominated in the same category in 2008, attended an event for films nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film category on Thursday.

Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director whose film “A Separation” is also up for nomination, did not attend. The American Academy of Motion Pictures said that he did not attend because he was not feeling well. However, shortly afterwards he did attend a cocktail party organized for best foreign film nominees, entering the venue through the back door.

“Footnote” deals with the rivalry between a father and son, both Talmud scholars at Hebrew University. The movie stars Shlomo Bar’aba, Lior Ashkenazi and Alma Zack.

“Footnote” is one of five films nominated in the category. Other films nominated in the category are: “A Separation” (Iran), “Bullhead” (Belgium), “Monsieur Lazhar” (Canada), and “In Darkness” (Poland), with the Iranian and Canadian offerings both favorites to win.

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