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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Israeli wins Best Screenplay in Cannes

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Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar won the best screenplay prize at the Cannes film festival on Sunday for the movie "Footnote" about the rivalry between a father-son pair of Talmudic scholars.

US actress Rosario Dawson presented the prize at a gala awards ceremony. The jury was chaired by Robert De Niro, and other members including actors Jude Law, Uma Thurman, Liv Ullmann, and director Olivier Assayas.

Cedar, the film's director and screenwriter, was making his way to Cannes when the award was announced. The prize was accepted on his behalf by Sharon Harel, the film's international distributor, who thanked Cedar and the cast.