Israeli film at Naro launches 20th anniversary of Film Festival

by | May 24, 2012 | What’s Happening

Sunday, June 10, 7:15 pm

As a prelude to the Simon Family JCC’s 20th anniversary of the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, Presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, Footnote will be shown at the Naro Expanded Cinema.

Footnote is a 2011 Israeli drama written and directed by Joseph Cedar, starring Shlomo Bar’aba and Lior Ashkenazi.

The film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, in addition to nine prizes at the 2011 Israeli Ophir Awards, becoming Israel’s entry for the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. In January, the film was named as one of the nine shortlisted entries for the Oscars and was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Film.

The plot centers on a father and son who both work as professors in the Talmudic Research department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The father’s goal is to be recognized by being awarded the Israel Prize in his field. He is repeatedly disappointed each year when he does not win. His stubborn nature and lack of recognition have made him largely bitter and
anti-social, and envious of his son’s popularity. Which one will win the coveted Israel prize, and how will they handle it?

Rotten Tomatoes rates the film at 91%.

The film will be shown one time. $9 for adults, $6.50 for Senior Citizens and children 12 and under, and Naro ticket books are accepted. Following the movie, a Q & A discussion with Rabbis Jeff Arnowitz, Michael Panitz and Israel Zoberman will take place. Go to for more information, or call 625-6276.