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Israeli Oscar Contender “Cinema Sabaya” Acquired by Kino Lorber



“Cinema Sabaya” could be heading to the Academy Awards and is undoubtedly heading to North America. A press launch introduced that Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Orit Fouks Rotem’s award-winning characteristic debut, Israel’s submission to the 2023 Worldwide Characteristic Oscar race. Described as a “richly textured portrait of a group of Arab and Israeli women taking part in a documentary filmmaking workshop,” “Cinema Sabaya” is slated for a 2023 theatrical launch with a digital and residential video launch to comply with.

“Cinema Sabaya” is impressed by Rotem’s personal expertise “teaching filmmaking to groups of women in Acre and Givat Haviva in Northern Israel,” per the discharge. “Eight women, Arab and Jewish, take part in a video workshop at a local community center directed by a young filmmaker named Rona (Dana Ivgy), who puts cameras into the women’s hands and teaches them how to document their lives. The women form a mosaic of contemporary Israeli society, ranging from a devout Muslim mother to a single Jewish woman who lives on a boat. Embracing the workshop’s challenge, the women begin filming their daily activities and routines, capturing the dilemmas and triumphs that occupy their lives: motherhood, discrimination, financial freedom, self-realization, and more. As the women share their footage with one another, barriers are broken down, beliefs are challenged, and the women learn about each other, and themselves.”

The drama made its world premiere on the Jerusalem Worldwide Movie Competition, the place it took dwelling Greatest First Characteristic and Viewers Awards. It’s gone on to display screen at AFI Fest and Zurich Movie Competition, amongst different fests.

“At its core, ‘Cinema Sabaya’ is about the power of cinema: to change people’s lives, to give women a voice, and to break down cultural barriers. We are delighted to be able to invite audiences in the U.S. and Canada to join these women on their intimate, soul-searching journey,” mentioned Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell.

Rotem added, “I’m so excited to collaborate with Kino Lorber on my first film, ‘Cinema Sabaya.’ I’ve long admired their work on so many daring, thought-provoking films, and it’s a great honor for me to partner with them for my own film.”

Different women-directed providing vying for a nom within the Worldwide Characteristic class embody Alice Diop’s “Saint Omer,” a drama a couple of author who attends the trial of a lady accused of infanticide, and Carla Simon’s “Alcarràs,” a portrait of a household of peach farmers. The previous is representing France and the latter Spain.

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