Last week, an Israeli student film won first prize in the prestigious Cannes Festival in France. The short film “Anthem” (Himnon) was directed by Elad Keidan, a young student director. The movie tells the story of a man from Jerusalem who walks along the streets of a famous neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Keidan was exhilarated during the post-win press conference. “I imagined that we might win one of the prizes, but I didn’t expect the first prize,â€ he told the media. â€œOn my first night in Cannes I dreamt that I had won the competition, and the truth is I was pretty stressed out. Now that itâ€™s already happened, it’s very exciting. I am proud of the fact that the judges, who are highly respectable filmmakers, liked the film — Particularly Hou Hsiao Hsien, who chaired the jury, and is an admirable filmmaker. It’s a real honor.”
Still, we can’t always win first place. On Saturday, in another part of Europe, Israel came ninth in the Eurovision song contest â€“ the annual display of Europe’s worst pop music and its most tasteless fashion. Israel was represented by Boaz Mauda who delivered his best performance so far. The song “Ke’Eiâ€™Lu Kaâ€™N” (As If Here) was written by famous singer Dana International, the winner of the 1998 Eurovision. Well, coming ninth is quite an achievement compared with our embarrassing score at last yearâ€™s contest.
Source: Y-NET ; Picture by Festival De Cannes
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