The Israeli movie "Restoration" has won the top prize at the 46th International Film Festival in the western Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary.
The film, directed by Joseph Madmony, is a psychological study of characters in the contemporary Israeli society. It examines problems of an owner of an antique furniture restoration shop with his son and business after his business partner dies.
The movie was chosen from 12 contenders for the Crystal Globe – from the Czech Republic, Russia, Canada and Germany – by the festival's grand jury, led by Hungarian director Istvan Szabo.
Madmony receives award. Chosen from 12 contendors (Photo: AP)
Saturday's award also comes with a $30,000 cash prize.
In January the film won an award for best world cinema dramatic screenplay at Sundance.
"I'm very happy," Madmony said upon receiving the prize. "It started out as a modest film with a small budget and it takes us to places we weren't meant to be in. I put my heart and soul in this movie and I presume I'm getting it back now."
Producer Chaim Sharir said, "The production of Israeli films is paved with endless disappointments. The wonderful moments in which you receive recognition are a rare compensation, and when someone else thinks quality is not a bad word – you don't feel so alone anymore."
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