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Only ten Israeli films have ever been nominated for the prestigious Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. None have won.
Footnote, nominated in 2011, was well poised for the Oscar competition, winning the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival and nine Ophir (Israeli “Oscars”) prizes, including Best Picture, but it ultimately fell short.
This suspenseful family drama tells the story of father and son Talmudic scholars working at the same university. The son is charismatic and well liked; the father is curmudgeonly and off-putting. When the winner of the coveted scholarly prize for their field is announced, confusion and conflict ensue, leading to a tumult of emotions and a cliff-hanger ending.
Join us on Academy Awards week for a special screening of this acclaimed film, followed by commentary and Q&A with director/screenwriter Joseph Cedar. Moderated by film historian, Dr. Eric Goldman.