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Israeli film up for Oscar – but it\’s Palestinian

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Itongadol.- The nominees for the Academy Awards were announced on Thursday, and Israel\’s submission in the foreign language category, "Baba Joon", did not make it to the shortlist. But there was an Israeli film, "Ave Maria", among the nominees. It will compete in the short film category – as a Palestinian film.

"Ave Maria" is a 15-minute comedy in Hebrew and Arabic directed by Basil Khalil, born in Nazareth. It was filmed in Israel and takes place in an isolated monastery in the middle of the Palestinian territories, where fate brings together five unspeaking nuns who live near a settler family, whose car breaks down nearby.

Because the Sabbath is about to begin, the family cannot use their cell phones to call for help and ask to spend the weekend at the monastery, leading to moments of oddness, amusement, and tension between the nuns and their Jewish guests.

Khalil said in his director\’s statement: "I wanted to emphasize the mistrust the two groups have for each other, as well as the cooperation and learning process they ultimately have at the end of this adventure, and to show that it\’s possible to work towards a common goal."

Although the film had no Israeli funding, "Ave Maria" was filmed entirely in Israel and is partly spoken in Hebrew. Besides the fact that the director was born in Israel, the actors and crew are also Israeli citizens.

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