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Docaviv 2017 Winners Announced


The winners of the 2017 Docaviv Film Festival have been announced yesterday at a ceremony held at the Mindspace Tel Aviv venue. The 19th annual Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival will take place until May 20th. This year’s festival has seen unprecedented attendance, with many screenings selling out, and others added due to high demand.

Israeli Competition

Best Israeli Film Award

Wall

directed by Moran Ifergan

NIS 70,000 prize, courtesy of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israeli Film Council, and Friends of Docaviv, and supported by Glikson Camera Rental

Jury's justification: The winner of this category explores the tension between our expectations of life and what we actually long and strive for. A film about women, family and gender roles, and the manner in which our cultural, moral and religious conditioning feeds into the way we structure our lives. Rich, provocative and elegantly poised between the intimate and the universal.

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Special Honorable Mention

Hope I'm in the Frame

directed by Netalie Braun

NIS 20,000 prize, courtesy of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israeli Film Council, and Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services Ltd.

Jury's justification: Follows the gifted couple that met on set, grew up together and made films that enrich us until today.

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Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa Award for Debut Film

Muhi - Generally Temporary

directed by Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman

NIS 30,000 prize

Jury's justification: With sensibility and intimacy, this heartwarming debut follows an exceptional boy, his devoted grandfather and their supporters, all who are caught within the impossible reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We award the Mayor of Tel Aviv award to "Muhi-Generally Temporary".

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Best Cinematography Award

My Beloved Country

Cinematographers: Uriel Sinai, Ronen Zaretsky

NIS 4,000 prize, courtesy of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israeli Film Council

Jury's justification: By turns sensuously expressive and coolly observational, the winning cinematography stood out for its spontaneity, fluidity and ability to convey the complexities and dramas of its subtexts in rich cinematic terms.

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Best Editing Award

Elish's Notebooks

edited by Sharon Yaish

NIS 4,000 prize, courtesy of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israeli Film Council

Jury's justification: The connection between the family members and their moving response to the revealing notebooks bequeathed to them by their mom, written by an artist throughout their lives, is embodied in direct, honest and true editing, accompanied by pictures from the family album documenting the reality of life in a religious kibbutz in Israel.

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Best Research Award

The Ancestral Sin

research by Talia Aloni, Renen Yezersky

NIS 4,000 prize, courtesy of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israeli Film Council

Jury's justification: With an effective mix of archive and testimonies, the director brings together the past, present, and the personal, to expose the policies that shaped the lives of many Israelis.

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Best Original Music Award

In My Room

music by Omer Hershman

NIS 5,000 prize, courtesy of ACUM

Jury's justification: The original score impressed the jury with its wit, energy and razor-sharp timing. Unapologetically celebrating the depth of adolescent heartbreak, drama and optimism, this score deepens the film's vibrant collage style, enhancing its resonance and edgy contemporary style.

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Best Direction Award, presented by FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics

The Ancestral Sin

directed by David Deri

NIS 3,000 prize, courtesy of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israeli Film Council

Jury's justification: The FIPRESCI award this year goes to a director that has managed to combine a thoroughly researched archival work, a clever narrative structure that unfolds like a harrowing detective story and a nuanced ethical position that treats his characters respectfully. In juxtaposition with the shocking facts of the cruelly systemized discrimination that he is exposing, the director individualizes and humanizes the victims beyond mere statistics, and respects their pain and agony. His film, an important journalistic work with cinematic qualities, managed to shake and move us tremendously.

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International Competition

Best International Film

Plastic China

directed by Jiu-liang Wang

NIS 20,000 prize, courtesy of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israeli Film Council

Jury's justification: For its unparalleled balance between several global issues and intimate familial relationships, and for its ability to make empathic and aesthetic cinematic choices, implicating our wasteful societies while giving voice to our invisible communities.

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Honorable Mention

I Am Not Your Negro

directed by Raoul Peck

Jury's justification: For its ability to make a complex historical issue both accessible and immediate, for its dedicated approach to its subject and the way it builds a coherent story from varied mediums. This film has the capacity to illuminate the ways in which many conflicts arise from our inability to truly see the other.

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Depth of Field Competition

Artistic Vision Award

Fraud

directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp

NIS 10,000 prize, courtesy of Nira Nehama

Jury's justification: Breaking boundaries of documentation and authorship, creating a truly disturbing viewing experience, with its fractured sense of reality and deliberately rough cinematic language – "Fraud" can be seen as an insightful and dark prophecy for the future of Documentary film. Through a fictionalized story of an isolated American family, "Fraud" presents a stark, critical vision of consumerist society.

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Honorable Mention

The Challenge

directed by Yuri Ancarani

Jury's justification: With its insightful cinematography, subtle observational style, "The Challenge" gives the viewer an intimate look into an otherwise exclusive world of young Qatari Sheiks. The filmmaker manages to depict a society of extreme excess yet still obsessed with tradition.

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The Ruti Gottesman Memorial Student Film Competition

First Prize

Turn Over the Stones

directed by Nir Dvortchin

NIS 10,000 prize, courtesy of Yoav Gottesman

Jury's justification: Sometimes the art of cinema is more about not telling everything. "Turn over the Stones" is a film that presents us with a unique character, engulfed in a desert, living next to a prison, on a daily quest to turn stones and perhaps make peace with his past. For creating a poetic time sensation and a gentle portrait of a secluded soul, "Turn over the Stones" wins the 1st prize of the student competition.

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Second Prize

Timor's Show

directed by Tamara Mamon

NIS 6,000 prize, courtesy of Yoav Gottesman

Jury's justification: A blooming field of flowers can be moving, but sometimes it is the last flower of the season that moves us the most, giving us a feeling of time passing and missed opportunities. For its thorough portrayal of an aging bachelor`s attempts to make his mother proud, "Timor`s Show" wins the 2nd prize of the Student Competition.

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Third Prize

Like a Lotus Flower

directed by Eliya Swarttz

NIS 4,000 prize, courtesy of Yoav Gottesman

Jury's justification: It takes a lot of courage to deal with personal traumas on the screen. When this courage is combined with a cinematic vision and a rigorous aesthetic effort, the result is even more impressive. For its uncompromising ability to confront family members for not being there when needed most, and for showing it both in the present as well as through the eyes of a little girl, lost and angry, "Like a Lotus Flower" wins the 3rd prize of the Student Competition.

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NEXT! Award for Innovative Projects | Winner: “Help”, by Tal Ilan

NIS 4,000 prize, courtesy of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israeli Film Council

Screenings of the Winning Films