Controversial Israeli film 2022 Oscar nominee rejected by Academy

JTA – No Israeli filmmaker has had the chance to be shortlisted for the 2022 Oscars.

The official Israeli submission for this year’s Oscar for Best International Feature, ‘Let It Be Morning’, was not among the 15 shortlisted films in this category, although it was directed by a recognized director ( Eran Kolirin, from “The Band’s Visit”) and that it has captured the world’s attention with its all-Palestinian cast.

The film, which won the Ophir Award (the Israeli equivalent of the Oscars) for best film for its depiction of life in Israel from a Palestinian perspective, sparked controversy when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year. .

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Most of the Palestinian cast and crew did not attend the premiere, nor the Ophir awards ceremony, to protest that the film – based on a novel by Arab Israeli author Sayed Kashua and funded mainly by Israeli producers – was considered an Israeli film.

“Let It Be Morning” will be released in the United States in 2022.

In addition, a handful of top Israeli documentaries were not shortlisted for Best Documentary, including “Love It Was Not” by Maya Sarfaty, which tells an unlikely love story between a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz. and an SS officer from the death camp, and Vanessa Lapa’s “Speer Goes To Hollywood,” which chronicles the attempts of a Nazi architect to reinvent himself after WWII. The latter film had sparked controversy for allegedly romanticizing elements of essential archival conversations.

The 94th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on March 27, 2022.

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Controversial Israeli film 2022 Oscar nominee rejected by Academy