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ISRAEL’S “AJAMI” NOMINATED FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM OSCAR

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

As reported in Invest In Israel, “Ajami” was nominated for an Oscar as one of the 5 best Foreign-Language films for 2010.

“Ajami”, produced by Arab-Israeli Scandar Copti and Jewish-Israeli Yaron Shani, explores five different stories set in the Christian-and-Muslim Arab neighborhood “Ajami” of the mixed Jewish-Arab Mediterranean city of Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv.

The predominantly Arabic-spoken film has won several awards in Israel, including “Best Film” at the Ophir Awards and “Best Full-Length Feature” at the Jerusalem Film Festival, and was also awarded a Caméra d’Or – Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 2010 Oscar for best foreign film went to Argentinian film “The Secret in their Eyes.” This is the third straight year and the ninth time that an Israeli film has been nominated for an Oscar in this category. Last year the Israeli film “Waltz with Bashir” received a nomination but the Japanese movie, “Departures” came away with the prize. The previous year, an Austrian film, “The Counterfeiters,” won over the Israeli nomination “Beaufort”.