Magazine article Screen International

Atia, Hamoud, Shumunov Triumph at Jerusalem Pitch Point

Magazine article Screen International

Atia, Hamoud, Shumunov Triumph at Jerusalem Pitch Point

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Debut feature directors Yossi Atia, Maysaloun Hamoud and Roman Shumunov have picked up prizes at the 10th edition of Pitch Point, aimed at connecting Israeli productions with international partners.

Performance artist and filmmaker Atia's Born In Jerusalem And Still Alive won the $4,400 Wouter Barendrecht - Lia Van Leer award.

A dark comedy based on Atia's per- sonal experiences, the film revolves around a man who organises terror tours along Jaffa Road in west Jeru- salem, the site of a number of deadly suicide attacks during the second Intifada.

The jury - which included US distribution guru Ira Deutchman, Fortissimo Films' MD Nelleke Driessen and German producer Thanassis Karathanos - praised the project for its "unique and original take on a tough and emotional subject matter."

Shumunov clinched the $5,300 Van Leer Foundation award for No Future, about Israeli rappers and graffiti artists of Russian origin struggling to make ends meet in the city of Ashdod. "The film has the potential to be a unique, sensitive and authentic voice of an important ethnic group in Israel," said the jury. …

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