Lior Ashkenazi

Israeli Director’s Star-Studded English-Language Debut Premieres in Toronto

The latest offering from multiple-award winning director and screenwriter Joseph Cedar receives standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival

09/16/2016 - 10:05
Editorial Intern

The highly-successful Israeli director Joseph Cedar received a standing ovation at the premiere of his first English-language film, entitled “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, according to the organizers. The film, Cedar’s first since 2011’s Oscar-shortlisted “Footnote”, tells the story of a fictitious New York “fixer” who forms a bond with a low-ranked Israeli minister, who soon after becomes Prime Minister.

Director Joseph Cedar, whose new film is expected to reach cinemas in early 2017. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Getty.

Tribeca Film Festival

Video blogger Aaron Herman attended the Tribeca Film Festival and spoke with
the directors and cast of the new Israeli revenge film "Big Bad Wolves" What would you do if A vigilante cop and a vengeful father capture and interrogate an accused serial killer. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's brutal follow-up to "Rabies" (TFF 2011) examines a horror that most would not want to imagine: what would you do if someone hurt the one you loved most?

Words As Weapons

The complex ‘Footnote,’ about Torah scholars, takes Joseph Cedar to another kind of battlefield: that of academic infighting and father-son resentment.
03/05/2012 - 19:00
Special to Jewish Week

Judaism is unique among the Abrahamic faith traditions in giving pride of place to the study of sacred texts, even within the liturgy. The traditional morning service includes both the blessing for study of Torah and passages from the Talmud relating to the sacrifices offered in the Temple a couple of millennia ago.

Lior Ashkenazi as Uriel Shkolnik and Shlomo Bar Aba as Eliezer Shkolnik, the father-son Torah scholars in “Footnote.” Ren Mendel
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