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Israeli film wins at Cannes

by: - Last updated: 2007-05-29

Scene from Meduzot

Scene from Meduzot

The ‘Camera d’Or’ for best debut film at this year's Cannes film festival has been awarded to Israeli husband and wife filmmakers Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret for ’Meduzot’ (Jellyfish).

The award follows the film scooping "Young Critics" and the French Artist and Writers Guild SACD's award for best directors.

The film, which tells the story of three women in Tel Aviv was written by Geffen and co-directed by her and Keret.

"The film and our firstborn son were born at the same time," said Geffen. "The new baby was easier to deal with than the movie that cost us many sleepless nights. Today we are very proud of both."

The movie's producer, Amir Harel, told Ynet he was thrilled by the news. "The award is an extremely important accomplishment. The financial award will help us with the distribution and is an incentive to create another film. There's no doubt this has been a very good year for Israeli cinema."
"This is the first time we make a movie, the first time we screen it in Cannes and the first time my wife lets me kiss such beautiful girls," Keret said in his acceptance speech, referring to the female judges.

Reproducecd with permission: Ynet