Shout out to Israeli director Joseph Cedar who won the Best Screenplay award @ the Cannes Film Festival today!
Cedar’s latest film Hearat Shulayim (aka Footnote) stars Lior Ashkenazi–best-know for Late Marriage (2001) & Walk on Water (2004)–plus a cast of relative unknowns (that’s “relative” from the perspective of someone who makes it a point to see LOTS of Israeli films).
I had the opportunity for an extended chat with Cedar when he came to our Chicago International Film Festival in 2005. (He came to show Campfire, but he was already working on Beaufort).
In 2008, I wrote: “Beaufort is more that just a milestone in Israeli filmmaking, it’s one of the most significant combat films ever made.” I have come to expect great things from Joe Cedar & so far I have NEVER been disappointed!
Joseph Cedar (center) with members of the cast of Beaufort. Cedar received the Berlin International Film Festival’s
Silver Lion for Best Director of 2007 for Beaufort. Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images/NewsCom.