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Jul 30 2019

The Ophir Nominations.Which film will be Israel's Oscar Submission?

by Nathaniel R

The Ophir Awards,honoring the best in Israeli cinema,were created in 1990.The winner of Best Film always becomes Israel's Oscar submission.Well,almost always.There have been a few exceptions due to eligibility issues --  the most famous example beingThe Band's Visit(2008) which was hugely successful in US arthouses (and eventually became a Tony-winning Broadway musical) but which could not be submitted because the Israeli and Egyptian characters spoke in English too often due to their language barriers.

After the jump,the nominations for this year's Ophirs (thank you to longtime reader Yonatan for the hat tip!) and more about Israel's Oscar history...

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