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Israeli Film Wins First Prize at Cinequest Film Festival

March 3, 2008

Congrats to Amit Sargosi, director of the Israeli film Adon Hazman (The Time Catcher) who won first prize this weekend at the 48 Hours Film Project in San Jose, California.

As part of the competition, initiated by independent filmmakers Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, participants are randomly assigned a line of dialogue, genre, a character, and a prop, all of which must be utilized in the film they create. They have 48 hours to complete the entire project from top to bottom.

60 cities from all around the world were represented in the competition, including filmmakers from Tel Aviv. over 200 movies from all around the world were entered into the competition.

According to Ynet,

Sargosi’s ‘The Time Catcher’ tells the story of the final 15 minutes in the life of as man who can foresee the moment of death for every living creature around him, including his own. The move was filmed at the Carmelit in Haifa, and stars Sharon Zuckerman and Noam Rubinstein.Director Amit Sargosi is a self-educated filmmaker who never attended film school. He directed episodes of the Israeli series “Eretz Nehederet” and “The Israelis”, and is currently working on a new television project.

This is yet another win for Israeli film making. Last month Israeli film “Lemon Tree,” directed by Eran Riklis, won the audience prize at the Berlin Film Festival, beating 51 films and setting a new voting record.

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