Blue-and-white on the silver screen

T he fall film festival season is starting, and, as usual, Israeli films will have a significant presence at major international festivals.

Israeli movies tend to do very well at the two biggest festivals, the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. The Toronto festival gives out few prizes for films not made in Canada, but movies that are shown there generate buzz and often find international distributors. Israeli films win important prizes almost every year at Venice, including the Golden Lion, the festival’s top award, which went to Samuel Maoz’s Lebanon in 2009.

The 72nd Venice Film Festival runs from September 2-12, while Toronto will take place from September 10-20.


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