TIKKUN, directed by Avishai Sivan is the winner of the The Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Feature Film at the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival. Tikkkun also won the awards for The Anat Pirchi Award for Best Script, The Haggiag Award for Best Actor to Khalifa Natour for his role in Tikkun, and The Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography to Shai Goldman.
Tikkun follows Haim-Aaron, a bright, Ultra-Orthodox religious scholar living in Jerusalem. His talents and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, Haim-Aaron collapses and loses consciousness. The paramedics announce his death, but his father takes over resuscitation efforts and, beyond all expectations, Haim-Aaron comes back to life. After the accident, try as he might, Haim-Aaron remains apathetic to his studies. He feels overwhelmed by a sudden awakening of his body and suspects this is God testing him. He wonders if he should stray from the prescribed path and find a way to rekindle his faith. The father notices his son’s changed behavior and tries to forgive him. He is tormented by the fear of having crossed God’s will, the night he resuscitated his son.
HOTLINE, directed by Silvina Landsmann is the winner of the Van Leer Award for Best Documentary Film. Hotline delves into the heart of a small Tel Aviv-based NGO – a human rights organization called the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants – shedding light on its activities and revealing its reality, while observing the functions of an NGO in the democratic arena. The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants is dedicated to promoting the rights of refugees and undocumented migrant workers in Israel. In addition to its direct services through weekly visits to detention centers and its hotline, the NGO’s work also includes legal advocacy and public policy activities. The Hotline works to ensure that existing laws protecting basic human rights are implemented.
The complete list of 2015 Awards of 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival
The Haggiag Competition for Full-Length Israeli Features
The Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Feature Film granting 120,000 ILS:
Tikkun, directed by Avishai Sivan, produced by Ronen Ben Tal, Moshe and Leon Edery.
Jury: For its very impressive artistic achievement in telling a deep and delicate story with great sensitivity.
The Anat Pirchi Award for Best First Film granting 20,000 ILS
Wedding Doll, directed and produced by Nitzan Gilady.
The Anat Pirchi Award for Best Script granting 10,000 ILS
Avishai Sivan for his film Tikkun.
The Haggiag Award for Best Actor granting 10,000 ILS
Khalifa Natour for his role in Tikkun.
The Haggiag Award for Best Actress granting 10,000 ILS
Asi Levi for her performance in Wedding Dolls.
The Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography granting 9,000 ILS
Shai Goldman for filming Tikkun.
The Haggiag Award for Best Editing granting 10,000 ILS
Reut Han, Yoav Paz and Doron Paz for editing JeruZalem.
Israel Critics’ Forum Award for Best Feature Film
A.K.A. Nadia, directed by Tova Ascher, produced by Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, Haim Mecklberg.
The Audience Favorite Award
JeruZalem, directed by Yoav Paz, Doron Paz, produced by Yoav Paz, Doron Paz, Nir Miretzky and Rotem Levim.
The Van Leer Competition for Israeli Documentary Cinema
The Van Leer Award for Best Documentary Film granting 30,000 ILS
Hotline, directed by Silvina Landsmann, produced by Silvina Landsmann, Pierre-Olivier Bardet.
The Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary granting 18,000 ILS
Nirit Aharoni for her film, Strung Out.
The Haggiag Award for Best Music granting 10,000 ILS
The jury has elected to present this award to a musician who contributed to a documentary: Ophir Leibovitch, for his work in Strung Out.
Honorary Mention to a Documentary
Thru You Princess, directed by Ido Haar, produced by Liran Aztmor.
The jury of the Israeli Feature Film Competition was comprised of Elma Tataragić from the Sarajevo Film Festival, Matthijs Wouter Knol from the Berlin Film Festival/EFM, Turkish director Tayfun Pirselimoğlu and Israeli film critic Yael Shuv.
The Wim Van Leer “In the Spirit of Freedom” Competition
The Cummings Award for Best Feature Film granting 4,000$
Three Windows and a Hanging, directed by Isa Qosja.
The Ostrovsky Award for Best Documentary Film grating 2,000$
The Pearl Button, directed by Patricio Guzman
Mussa, directed by Anat Goren, produced by Daniela Rachminov-Sidi, Anat Goren.
The In the Spirit of Freedom jury was comprised of Israeli director and screenwriter Tali Shalom-Ezer, French actress Laëtitia Eïdo and French journalist Hélène Schoumann.
The FIPRESCI International Debuts Competition
The FIPRESCI Award for Best First Film
Songs my Brothers Taught Me, directed by Chloe Zhao.
Honorary Mention to an Israeli Debut
Wedding Doll, directed and produced by Nitzan Gilady.
The FIPRESCI jury was comprised of José Luis Losa García of Spain, Jack Mener of Belgium and Yair Raveh of Israel.
The Israeli Short Film Competition
The Van Leer award for Best Short Feature Film granting 9,000 ILS
Line of Grace, directed by Rotem Kapelinsky, produced by Eyal Shirai.
The Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Short Feature granting 9,000 ILS
Yehonatan Indursky for his film The Cantor and the Sea.
The Van Leer award for Best Short Documentary Film granting 7,000 ILS
Mazal Means Luck, directed by Mazal Ben Yishai, Maaleh Film School.
The Van Leer Award for Best Short Animation Film granting 7,000 ILS
Warm Snow, directed by Ira Elshansky, Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design.
The jury of the Short Film Competition was comprised of Mexican director and producer Gabriel Ripstein, Israeli director and screenwriter Elad Keidan and Israeli director, screenwriter and poet Netalie Braun.
The Experimental Cinema and Video Art Competition
The Lia Van Leer Award, donated by Rivka Saker, granting 12,000 ILS
Factory, directed by Maya Geller.
The Ostrovsky Family Foundation Award granting 8,000 ILS
Last Person Shooter, directed by Boaz Levin and Adam Kaplan.
The jury was comprised of Austrian artist and filmmaker Manu Luksch, Israeli curator Ran Kasmy-Ilan and Israeli curator Edna Moshenson.
The Jewish Experience Competition
The Leah Van Leer Award for Films about Jewish Heritage
Zelda: A Simple Woman, directed by Yair Qedar
The Avner Shalev – Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award for Holocaust-Related Films
My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did, directed by David Evans.
The International Children’s Films Competition
The Cummings Award for Best Children’s Film granting 3,000$
Paper Planes, director by Robert Connolly