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Oren Adaf’s ‘Darwin’ Wins Sam Spiegel Alumni Fund for First Film

7 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerusalem, Israel — Oran Adaf’s feature debut project, “Darwin,” has won the Sam Spiegel alumni fund for first features award.

The award comes with a grant – Israel’s largest — of $100,000 and will be shared by Adaf and his producer Eitan Mansuri.

“Darwin” was selected by a jury comprising Carlo Chatrian, Locarno film festival’s artistic director, Israeli director Joseph Cedar, Zdf’s chief exec Meinolf Zurhorst, Rabinovich Film Fund’s artistic director Yoav Abramovich, French distributor Michele Halberstadt (Arp Selection) and Sam Spiegel school’s founding director Renen Schorr.

“The screenplay was chosen for its originality, boldness and unique writing.

The director’s submission of a scene from the film to be, showed great promise and a unique artistic stamp,” said the jury about “Darwin.”

The grant is provided by the Sam Spiegel film school and Paris-based distribution company Arp Selection which has acquired French distribution rights to “Darwin,” whose »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes: New Europe secures 'One Week And A Day'; scores France deal

18 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Black comedy to play in competition at Critics’ Week.

New Europe Film Sales has picked up Asaph Polonsky’s black comedy One Week and a Day and sold all French rights to Sophie Dulac Distribution.

The feature debut of Us-born, Israeli filmmaker Polonsky was yesterday named as a competition title in the Critics’ Week sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).

Polonsky is an AFI graduate, whose graduation film Samnang was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013.

One Week and a Day tells a story of a grieving father, who finishes a week of mourning for his late son and is urged by his wife to return to their routine. He instead gets high with a young neighbour and sets out to discover there are still things in life worth living for.

The cast of the film includes well-known Israeli actors Shai Avivi and Evgenia Dodina as the married couple and Tomer Kapon as the »

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