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Footnote (2011)

Hearat Shulayim (original title)
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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

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Joseph Cedar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shlomo Bar-Aba ... Eliezer Shkolnik (as Shlomo Bar Aba)
Lior Ashkenazi ... Uriel Shkolnik
Aliza Rosen ... Yehudit (as Alisa Rosen)
Alma Zack ... Dikla (as Alma Zak)
Micah Lewensohn Micah Lewensohn ... Grossman
Nevo Kimchi ... Fingerhut
Yuval Scharf ... Noa
Daniel Markovich Daniel Markovich ... Josh
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?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

25 May 2011 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Footnote See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,528, 11 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,007,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,451,259
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The opening title card doesn't appear on screen until 35 minutes into the film. 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 »

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Narrator: Eliezer Shkolnik came up with a revolutionary argument. A version of the Jerusalem Talmud circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages, different from the version we have today. He proposed this after discovering small differences between the version we have and the text quoted by the Sages of the time. Understand, this means hundreds, thousands of books, each having several versions of manuscripts. Eliezer Shkolnik analyzed all of them, for almost 30 years. A huge undertaking! With a lot of ...
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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 #4.8 (2012) See more »

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An amusing fable about an unamusing man
13 June 2011 | by NozzSee all my reviews

The fictitious hero is a old man who takes himself and his work completely seriously-- to the exaggerated extent that we expect to find only in a fable. The screen displays to the audience a number of arch textual explanations about him and his son, and the audience chuckles at his eccentric single-mindedness. But a sort of tension appears as the characters' behavior slips outside the limits of the explanations. Is the old man cheating on his wife? What's behind his grandson's oblomovism? Eventually the movie focuses on an unknown that is stretched almost to the point of paradox: Is the quality of the old man's work in academe really unsurpassed, or is it really unsatisfactory? The movie does turn out to be a fable, and a fable worth taking seriously. It attracted an all-star cast, and Shlomo Bar-Abba, in the lead, continues the tradition of comedians who, when they undertake a dramatic role, gain additional impact from the contrast with their familiar persona. The movie received the 2011 screenplay award at Cannes.


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