Mazal Tov to Haim Tabakman, an Israeli film director whose first feature-length picture, “Eyes Wide Open” won first prize for the “Eros and Psyche” award at the 15th annual MedFilm festival in Rome, Italy.

“Eyes Wide Open” is an Israeli, German and French co-production. The story is about a kosher butcher who has a homosexual love affair with a young man in Jerusalem’s Meah Shearim neighborhood.

The festival was held on Nov 7-14 and showcased 130 films from countries all around the Mediterranean region.
“Eyes Wide Open” also won the grand prize last month at the 36th Ghent International Film Festival in Belgium.