“Brioti Haktana”, directed by Shani Rassad, graduate of the Sapir School of Audio and Visual Arts, won the documentary film award at the International Festival for Short Films in New Delhi.
The film follows Hila Levi Bar Yotam in her search for her father, the actor ”Solomonico”. Together with “Brioti Haktana”, additional films of Sapir graduates took part in the festival: “Tsomet Haruhot” by Rotem Moret, and “Mitahat La’etz” by Damian Tsetskin.
“Brioti Haktana” by Shani Rassad, graduate of the Sapir School of Audio and Visual Arts, won the documentary film award at the International Festival for Short Films in New Delhi. The film follows Hila Levi Bar Yotam, daughter of ”Solomonico”, one of Israeli cinema’s mythological figures, in her search for her father who left for Hollywood when she was a little girl. Hila’s father, Reuven Bar Yotam, was one of Israel’s biggest actors in the 1970s. He played in “Ta’alat Blaumilch” and “Mivtsah Yehonatan”, but is mainly remembered for his role in “Solomonico” in 1972. In an attempt to further his success, Bar Yotam left Israel for Los Angeles when Hila was 4 years old. In the 1990s he had guest roles in “Seinfeld” and “L.A. Law”. He also played in several films, the best known of them being Adam Sandler’s “Don’t Mess with the Zohan”. Twenty years later, Hila set out on a journey to search for her father – a journey documented in “Brioti Haktanah”. The film was first screened in the Cinema South Festival this year, and now in the Documentary Film Festival of the Forum of Documentary Creators that will place on November 10th.
“I’m very pleased with the festival award,” says Rassad. “I hope the film succeeds in touching and moving people. This is a universal journey tale of a daughter searching for her father through the cinematic medium, thereby also enabling people to experience cinema as it was created in the past in Israel. I would like to thank the jury for choosing the film, and to thank the place that enabled me to create it.”
Together with “Brioti Haktana”, two additional films of Sapir graduates took part in the festival: “Tsomet Haruhot” by Rotem Moret, and “Mitahat La’etz” by Damian Tsetskin.
Recently, films of graduates of the Sapir School of Audio and Visual Arts have been accepted to various international cinema and television festivals. “Laila Ahat Beyafa” by Raz Ben David will participate in the Festival of Cinema Schools in Munich, opening November 15th. “Ishech Teshukatech” by Nadav Mishali and “Ra’al” by Roni Reinhartz were accepted to the International Film Festival in New Delhi opening December 5th. Dafna Peled and Mor Isban will accompany their film “Habetula Suzi Vehakedumot Mepetach Tikva” on November 19th to the Festival of Young Cinema in Hannover, Germany. The animation film “Holot”, documenting the stories of refugees in the installation, will be screened at the Festival of Black Films in Toronto in February. Rotem Lehman’s film “Yerushalmim Lo Yodim Lischot”, which won the documentary film award of the Forum of Documentary Creators in the student category, took part in the Television Festival of Sichuan, China that closes on November 8th.