Incitement, the winner of the Ophir Award for Israel’s Best Feature Film of 2019 and Israel’s Official Selection to the 2019 Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film will open the 33rd Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles, taking place November 12th – 26th.
The opening night gala on November 12th at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills will also honor two filmmakers: six-time Academy Award-winning producer Arthur Cohn with the 2019 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award as well as chair of WestEnd Films and Incitement producer Sharon Harel-Cohen with the 2019 IFF Achievement in Film Award.
“The Israel Film Festival is privileged to present the U.S. Premiere of renowned director Yaron Zilberman’s Incitement, winner of the Ophir Award for Israel’s Best Feature Film in 2019, at the Opening Night Gala. We look forward to hosting this esteemed filmmaker along with the film’s lead actor Yehuda Nahari Halevi and producer Sharon Harel-Cohen,” noted Israel Film Festival Founder/Executive Director Meir Fenigstein. “On this very special night we are equally honored to recognize legendary film producer and six-time Academy Award winner Arthur Cohn with this year’s IFF Lifetime Achievement Award as well as WestEnd Films/producer Sharon Harel-Cohen with the 2019 IFF Achievement in Film Award.”
A psychological thriller, Incitement chronicles the year leading to the assassination of Israel’s prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. On the backdrop of Rabin’s efforts to end once and for all the Israeli-palestian conflict, the film is told through the journey of the assassin. It examines all the forces that acted on him, from his personal quest to become a hero in the eyes of his peers, and the rejection he faces from his love interest, to the intense incitement of politicians and religious leaders.
The film is a cautionary tale to what happens when leaders use politics of violence and hate.
Directed by Yaron Zilberman and written by Yaron Zilberman and Ron Leshem, the film stars Yehuda Nahari Halevi, Amitay Yaish Ben Ousilio, Sivan Mast, Yoav Levi, Daniella Kertesz and Anat Ravnitzki.
Winner of the Ophir Award for Israel’s Best Feature Film of 2019 and Israel’s Official Selection to the 2019 Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film, the film was an Official Selection at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2019 London International Film Festival.