Eran Kolirin (R) in Cannes
Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen
Photo: Yossi Tzevker

Israeli films win awards at Cannes Film Festival

'The Band's Visit' receives prestigious Fipresci prize; 'Jellyfish' wins SACD Award

Israeli films competing at the 2007 60th Cannes Film Festival won a number of awards over the weekend.


Eran Kolirin's 'The Band's Visit' competing for the Un Certain Regard prize, which awards young talent and encourages innovative and audacious works, won the 'Coup de Coeur du Jury'.


"I want to thank the judges and the wonderful people at Cannes who warmly welcomed the film, and I want to give them back my love," Kolirin said Saturday during the award ceremony.


The film, which deals with the journey of an Egyptian band in Israel, received many praises over the past week and was bought for distribution in many countries, including the United States.


'The Band's Visit' also won the prestigious Fipresci award given by the International Federation of Film Critics, and the Cinefil award given by cinematography students.


The film 'Les Méduses' (Jellyfish) by author Etgar Keret and his wife Shira Geffen, competing in the International Critics Week, won two prizes: The SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques) Award and TV5Monde's '(Very) Young Critic Award', which is selected by 36 students.


"This is the first time we make a movie, the first time we screen it in Cannes and the first time my wife lets me kiss such beautiful girls," Keret said in his acceptance speech, referring to the female judges.


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