JOSEPH CEDAR (Writer/Director) most recently wrote and directed
FOOTNOTE (2011), which won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2011 Cannes Film
Festival and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in
2012. It was his second film to be Oscar nominated in the Foreign Language
category, after BEAUFORT (2007).
Born in New York City, Cedar moved to Israel with his family at age six and grew
up in Jerusalem. He studied at a yeshiva high school and served as a paratrooper
in the Israeli army. He studied philosophy and theater history at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem and graduated from NYU Film School. Returning to Israel,
he began work on the screenplay for his first feature, TIME OF FAVOR (2001), a
thriller and love triangle set in the middle of a terrorist conflict in the
Israeli-occupied West Bank. To research the film Cedar moved and lived for two
years in an Israeli settlement. TIME OF FAVOR won six Ophir Awards from the
Israeli Film Academy, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, was chosen to
be Israel's official selection for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and was a
box-office hit in Israel.
Cedar's second feature, CAMPFIRE, is the story of a recently widowed mother and
her two daughters coping with life and love as she considers leaving Jerusalem
for a new Zionist settlement in the West Bank. The film had its world premiere
at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2004, where Cedar was awarded the
Don Quixote Award (Special Mention). CAMPFIRE won five Ophir Awards, including
Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, and was again selected as
Israel's official selection for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and was a
commercial success in Israel. The film also received the FIPRESCI Prize at the
2004 Chicago Film Festival.
Cedar drew on his army experience for his third film, BEAUFORT (2007), which
follows the last days of Israeli soldiers stationed in Beaufort Castle in
Lebanon before their withdrawal. The film premiered in the main competition at
the Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear. BEAUFORT
became the top grossing film in the Israeli box-office that year and was
nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Cedar's fourth feature, FOOTNOTE, the story of the rivalry between a father and
son who are both Talmudic scholars, received worldwide acclaim and a successful
release in the U.S. through Sony Pictures Classics. In addition to its Best
Screenplay Award at Cannes and Academy Award nomination, the film was nominated
for an Independent Spirit for Best Screenplay, and won ten Ophir Awards,
including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
NORMAN is Cedar's first English language film.
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