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The film’s high-level festival pedigree includes being selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as being selected to screen at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Fipresci prize (Best Foreign Language Film).
In addition to being a festival favorite, the film was nominated for 14 Ophirs (the Israeli Academy Awards), where it took home 7 awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.
Kolirin has won over 50 prestigious awards from around the globe, including eight Israeli film Academy Awards for his previous feature and critically acclaimed masterpiece, The Band’s Visit, which topped the Best of Lists for numerous top-tier outlets (Roger Ebert with the Chicago Sun Times, The Hollywood Reporter, The NY Post, The Associated Press, LA Weekly, etc.) The Band’s Visit also opened on Broadway where it continued to earn both awards and accolades. It was one of only four musicals in Broadway’s history to win the unofficial “Big Six” Tony Awards (Best Musical, Book, Score, Actor, Actress and Director of a Musical.)
Kolirin’s most recent film, Let It Be Morning, is based on a Hebrew-language novel of the same name by Palestinian novelist Sayed Kashua and was a project that Kolirin didn’t originally think was possible.
“A story told in Arabic about a Palestinian village but was written in Hebrew by a Palestinian author. Considering the polarized world in which we now live, the idea seemed impossible. But I am not sure films should be made unless they are impossible, which is why I was all the more drawn to and taken with this project.” Eran Kolirin, Director of Let It Be Morning