Assassination drama Incitement last night picked up the best picture prize at Israels Ophir Awards, the countrys primary national film awards. The win means the film becomes Israels submission to this years Best International Feature Film Oscar (renamed for 2020 from Best Foreign Language Film).
Directed by Yaron Zilberman, the feature depicts the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, told through the eyes of his assassin Yigal Amir. It premiered at Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema programme. Yehuda Nahari plays Amir, with the film following the two years leading up to the murder at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
The Ophir win and Oscar submission was met with condemnation from the countrys outspoken culture minister Miri Regev. According to the Times of Israel, Regev slammed the film as having “no place” in the country due to its perceived criticism of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, Regev also admitted she hadnt watched the film.
The film had ten nominations at this years Ophir Awards and also took home the casting prize. Eliran Malkas dark comedy The Unorthodox, about the founding of the countrys Shas political party, took home the most prizes with four.