The Shmooze

Dueling Rabbis Film Gets Cannes Nod

By Nathan Burstein

  • Print
  • Share Share

A movie about dueling rabbis has qualified for a chance at one of the film industry’s highest honors, the Palm d’Or.

“Footnote,” an upcoming film by Israeli director Joseph Cedar, has been selected as one of 19 movies to compete in the main competition at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. The drama tells the story of rival Talmud scholars, who also happen to be father and son.

The film’s selection marks another triumph for Cedar, who already boasts a series of international successes. Cedar’s most recent movie, “Beaufort,” claimed one of the top prizes at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007, then was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar the following year.

Regardless of how “Footnote” fares in France, Cedar will find himself in good company. The film will compete against submissions from star directors including Pedro Almodovar, Terence Malick and Lars von Trier.

Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight in Paris,” will open the festival out of competition.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Film Festival, Duel, Cannes, Beaufort, Footnote, Joseph Cedar, Rabbis

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • “I don’t want to say, ‘Oh oh, I’m not Jewish,’ because when you say that, you sound like someone trying to get into a 1950s country club, “and I love the idea of being Jewish." Are you a fan of Seth Meyers?
  • "If you want my advice: more Palestinians, more checkpoints, just more reality." What do you think?
  • Happy birthday Barbra Streisand! Our favorite Funny Girl turns 72 today.
  • Clueless parenting advice from the star of "Clueless."
  • Why won't the city give an answer?
  • BREAKING NEWS: Israel has officially suspended peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • Can you guess what the most boring job in the army is?
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover! http://jd.fo/f3Mms
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.