Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.

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Joseph Cedar

Writer:

Joseph Cedar
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shlomo Bar-Aba ... Eliezer Shkolnik (as Shlomo Bar Aba)
Lior Ashkenazi ... Uriel Shkolnik
Aliza Rosen ... Yehudit Shkolnik (as Alisa Rosen)
Alma Zack ... Dikla Shkolnik (as Alma Zak)
Micah Lewensohn Micah Lewensohn ... Yehuda Grossman
Nevo Kimchi ... Yair Fingerhut
Yuval Scharf ... Noa newspaper reporter
Daniel Markovich Daniel Markovich ... Josh Shkolnik
Tsipi Gal Tsipi Gal ... Mystery Woman
Michael Koresh Michael Koresh ... Committee Member
Idit Teperson ... Committee Member
Shmuel Shiloh Shmuel Shiloh ... Committee Member (as Shmulik Shilo)
Albert Iluz ... Committee Member (as Albert Illouz)
Gad Kaynar Gad Kaynar ... Committee Member
Jackey Levi ... TV Host (as Jacky Levy)
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Storyline

The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation. Written by Anonymous

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Pride, Envy, Vanity... How far would you go for recognition?

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, brief nudity, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Israel's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. See more »

Goofs

At around 38:00, when Uriel enters the room that the committee is meeting in for the first time, he can open and close the door easily. But when he returns with a chair a few seconds later, suddenly there's not enough space to close it, despite his chair not being in the way. See more »

Quotes

Eliezer Shkolnik: A momentary lapse of concentration of the copyist, whose eye skips from one word to another, is called "homoeoteleuton."
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Crazy Credits

The credits for the major cast and crew members all have the initial letters of their names in bold, echoing the plot device that causes the confusion between the father and son. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Matzav Ha'Uma: Episode #4.22 (2012) See more »

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Role Reversal and Time Lapse
4 August 2012 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

FOOTNOTE is an appropriately titled sparklingly intelligent and entertaining film written and directed by Joseph Cedar. With a small cast and a focused story this little film form Israel is not only a pleasure to watch as a story performed as shared by brilliant actors, but it is also one of the most visually artistic and creative venture of cinematography to be on the small screen in a long time: the genius cinematographer is Yaron Scharf. Add to this a musical score that enhances every moment of the story - courtesy of composer Amit Poznansky - and the film simply succeeds on every level.

In a most ingenious way we are introduced to the two main characters - father and son, both professors in the Talmud department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The film opens on the confused and somewhat unattached facial expression of the seated father Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar Aba) as he listens to his ebullient son Uriel Shkolnik (Lior Ashkenazi) being inducted into the prestigious Israeli academic union. Uriel's acceptance speech reflects his childhood when his father informed him upon questioning that he was a 'teacher' - an occupation the young Uriel found embarrassing at the time, but now honors his father for this guidance. After the ceremony we slowly discover that there is a long-standing rivalry between father and son. Uriel has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while Eliezer is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition: his only clam to fame after long years of intensive research is that the man who published his findings mentions Eliezer in a footnote. When it comes times for the Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, to be awarded, a clerical error results in a telephone call informing Eliezer that he has won, while in reality the award was meant for his son Uriel. How this error is resolved open all manner of windows for examining family relationships, fame, pure academia, and forgiveness.

The film is an unqualified success. Lior Ashkenazi (so well remembered from 'Walk on Water' and 'Late Marriage' among others) gives a bravura performance and that of Shlomo Ben Aba balances it in quality. The supporting cast is strong. Joseph Cedar has produced a fine film very much enhanced by the brilliance of the cinematography that tells the story as much as the dialogue.

Grady Harp


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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

25 May 2011 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jerusalem, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,528, 11 March 2012

Gross USA:

$2,007,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,451,259
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2.35 : 1
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