Magazine article Screen International

Jerusalem: Rozenkier, Tobal Clinch Top Sam Spiegel Prizes

Magazine article Screen International

Jerusalem: Rozenkier, Tobal Clinch Top Sam Spiegel Prizes

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Israeli director Yona Rozenkier and producer Kobi Mizrahi have clinched the $50,000 top prize at the final pitching event of the fifth Sam Spiegel International Film Lab for their road-trip tale of an elderly father and son, Decompression.

Described as "a sad, late coming-of-age comedy", it revolves around a journey from the north to the south of Israel on a tractor by 35-year-old Ben and his truculent, larger-than-life father.

"The jury was impressed by the genuine and emotional father-and-son story from north of Israel to south," said jury president Slawomir Idzak. "The mix between drama and humour is very well balanced. The very visual metaphoric ending is so powerful, you will not forget it."

Argentinian film-maker Gonzalo Tobal took the second prize of $20,000 for Dolores, a psychological drama about a young woman from a comfortable background awaiting trial on charges of killing her best friend. Benjamin Domenech of Rei Cine is producing. …

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