18 February 2020 - 23 Shevat 5780 - כ"ג שבט ה' אלפים תש"פ
Israeli film Synonyms wins top award at Berlin Film Festival E-mail

A film by an Israeli director won the top prize at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms was awarded the Golden Bear Award.

The film festival is considered one of the big three, alongside the Venice Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.

The festival took place from 7 to 17 February. The jury of six luminaries from world cinema, headed by French actress Juliette Binoche, watched 17 films in 10 days before deciding on the winners of the coveted Golden and Silver Bear awards.

Synonyms, about identity, is the semi-autobiographical story of a young Israeli man who moves to Paris and tries to become thoroughly French. The film competed against 15 other entries for the top award. Lapid also directed the 2014 drama The Kindergarten Teacher, which was recently remade in English in the US.

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