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LOCARNO 2015 Israel

Tikkun wins Locarno’s Special Jury Prize


- The film by Israeli director Avishai Sivan is one of the main winners in the Swiss gathering

Tikkun wins Locarno’s Special Jury Prize
Avishai Sivan, with his Special Jury Prize

The 68th Locarno International Film Festival has given out its awards last Saturday. Remaining true to form with a list of winners that supports independent and lesser-known cinema (the winners include the latest films by Hong Sang-Soo and Andrzej Żuławski – read more), the festival decided to bestow its second most prestigious award, the Special Jury Prize, upon Israeli film Tikkun, by Avishai Sivan.

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“There is a worthy elegance in Avishai Sivan, who composes a special kind of cinema in black and white images, with cacophony-like yet symphonic sounds, that extends throughout the whole story, far from men and words, so they can be locked in a sanctimonious observance”, stated the official competition jury about the film. The film also received a Special Mention for its cinematography, signed by Shai Goldman. Tikkun tells the story of Haim-Aaron, an ultra-Orthodox religious scholar from Jerusalem- whose talent and devotion are envied by all- who, one evening, following a self-imposed fast, collapses and loses consciousness. After the event, his life takes an extremely dramatic turn. The film – that had already won Best Israeli Feature Film, Best Script, Best Cinematography and Best Actor for Khalifa Natour at the Jerusalem Film Festival – is produced by Plan B Productions, The Mouth Agape and United King Films.

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