Ophir Award 2011 – Nominations Announced

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“It’s been another excellent year for Israeli film,” said Marek Rozenbaum, President of the Israel Academy for Film and Television, as he announced the films nominated for this year’s Ophir Awards. Of the 26 feature films and 47 documentaries participating in the competition this year, some have already been recognized internationally, with Joseph Cedar’s Footnote winning Best Screenplay at Cannes, Yossi Madmoni’s Restoration winning Best Screenplay at Sundance and Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and Nadav Lapid’s The Policeman winning the special jury prize for second best film at the Locarno Film Festival.

The awards ceremony will take place in late September in Haifa, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sport Film Council, the Haifa Municipality and the Haifa International Film Festival. The ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 2, Keshet. A date has not been set for the ceremony; updates will be available on Midnight East and the Israel Academy for Film and Television website.

2011 Ophir Award Nominees:

Best Feature Film
Off-White Lies – Producers: Yoav Roeh, Aurit Zamir
My Lovely Sister – Producers: David Mandil, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Restoration – Producer: Haim Sharir
Footnote – Producers: David Mandil, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Policeman – Producer: Itay Tamir

Best Documentary Film
Land of Genesis – Director: Moshe Alpert, Producers: Estee Yakov–Meckleberg, Haim Meckleberg, Moshe Alpert
Diplomat – Director: Dana Goren, Producers: Eilon Rachkovsky, Yossi Ozerd, Kobi Gal-Raday, Guy Yekuel, Noa Liphshitz
Dolphin Boy – Directors: Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir; Producers: Judith Manassan Ramon, Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir
The Flat – Director/Producer: Arnon Goldfinger
Teacher Irena – Director: Itamar Chen, Producers: Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari

Best Director
Maya Kenig – Off-White Lies
Marco Carmel – My Lovely Sister
Yossi Madmony – Restoration
Joseph Cedar – Footnote
Nadav Lapid –Policeman

Best Actor
Gur Bentwich – Off-White Lies
Sasson Gabai – Restoration
Shlomo Bar Aba – Footnote
Zion Baruch – Simico’s Big Fantasy
Iftach Klein –Policeman

Best Actress
Evelyn Hagoel – My Lovely Sister
Hagar Ben Asher – The Slut
Chen Yani – Melting Away
Batya Bar – Beautiful Valley
Keren Berger – Shtayim Balayla

Best Supporting Actor
Zachi Grad – Off-White Lies
Norman Issa – My Lovely Sister
Henri David – Restoration
Leor Ashkenazi – Footnote
Uri Gavriel – Simico’s Big Fantasy

Best Supporting Actress
Moran Rosenblat – Lipstikka
Reymonde Amsellem – My Lovely Sister
Sara Adler – Restoration
Rotem Zisman-Cohen – Barakiaa HaHamishi
Alma Zak – Footnote

Best Cinematography
Boaz Yehonatan Yacov – Restoration
Amit Yasour – The Slut
Yaron Scharf – Footnote
Shai Goldman –Policeman

Best Screenplay
Maya Kenig, Dana Dimant – Off-White Lies
Erez Kav-El – Restoration
Joseph Cedar – Footnote
Arik Lubetsky – Simico’s Big Fantasy
Nadav Lapid – Policeman

Best Editing
Or Ben David – Off-White Lies
Shimon Spector – My Lovely Sister
Ayala Bengad – Restoration
Einat Glaser Zarhin – Footnote
Era Lapid – Policeman

Best Production Design
Miguel Markin – My Lovely Sister
Yoav Sinai – Restoration
Tamar Gadish – Barakiaa HaHamishi
Arad Shawat – Footnote
Ariel Glaser – Simico’s Big Fantasy

Best Costume Design
Yam Brusilovsky – My Australia
Leora Shaim – My Lovely Sister
Rona Doron – Barakiaa HaHamishi
Lee Alambik – The Slut
Leora Shaim – Footnote

Best Makeup
Vered Mevurakh – My Lovely Sister
Ziv Kantov – Barakiaa HaHamishi
Ronit Dogo-Arviv – Footnote
Merav Horowitz Boshosha – Simico’s Big Fantasy
Itay Ben Nun, Elinor Gigi – Rabies
Eran Israeli – Melting Away

Best Original Music
Avi Belleli – My Lovely Sister
Avi Belleli – Restoration
Joseph Bardanashvili – Barakiaa HaHamishi
Amit Poznansky – Footnote
Tom Scharfstein – Simico’s Big Fantasy
Israel Breit – Nika
Ran Bagno – Planeta Acheret

Best Soundtrack
Michael Gurvich – Off-White Lies
Toli Chen, Alex Claude, Israel David – My Lovely Sister
Oleg Kaiserman, Aviv Aldema, Israel David – Restoration
Toli Chen, Alex Claude, Israel David – Footnote
Michael Gurvich, Aviv Aldema, Israel David – Policeman