DCP / HD - 2011 - Israel - 105 min - Color - Drama
Original title: Hashoter השוטר
A film by Nadav Lapid
The policeman, Yaron, stands in the center of a group of elite policeman, belonging to the Israeli Anti Terrorist unit. He and his fellow unit members are the weapon; the gun the state is pointing at its opponents, the 'Arab enemy'. Yaron worships his unit, the male comradery, his muscular body, his beauty. Yaron is excited, his wife is expecting their baby very soon; he could become a father any minute. An encounter with a radical, violent, extraordinary group, will confront him with the Israeli class war as well as with the war within his own soul.
Original language: Hebrew
Produced by: Itai Tamir, Laila Films
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel 2011 - Israeli Film Competition / Festival del film Locarno 2011 – International Competition / Festival del film Locarno in Milano & Roma (Italy), September 2011 / Kaunas International Film Festival, Lithuania 2011 / Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada 2011 / New York Film Festival, USA 2011 / Rio International Film Festival, Brazil 2011 / Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland 2011 / Antalya International Film Festival, Turkey 2011 / BFI London Film Festival, UK 2011 / Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada 2011 / Viennale, Austria 2011 / Philadelphia Film Festival, USA 2011 / Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist, Ukraine 2011 / Denver Film Festival, USA 2011 / Brisbane Film Festival, Australia 2011 / Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, Portugal 2011 / Seville European Film Festival, Spain 2011 / Stockholm International Film Festival, Sweden 2011 / Northern Film Festival, Netherlands 2011 / Tallin Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia 2011 / Festival des 3 continents Nantes, France 2011 / Courmayeur Noir in Festival, Italy 2011 – Official competition / Zagreb Human Rights Film Festival, Croatia 2011 / Bengaluru International Film Festival, India 2011 / Pune international film Festival, India 2012 / Brown University's Israeli Film Festival, USA 2012 / Rencontres internationales du Cinéma de Patrimoine et du Film restauré de Vincennes, France 2012 / Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012 / Festival Cinematografico Internacional del Uruguay, Uruguay 2012 / Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), Argentina 2012 / CPH:PIX Copenhagen International Film Festival, Denmark 2012 / Washington DC International Film Festival, USA 2012 / Minneapolis Film Festival, USA 2012 / DALLAS International Film Festival, USA 2012 / Sarasota Film Festival, USA 2012 / Wisconsin Film festival, USA 2012 / JewishFilm FF, USA 2012 / Festival Film Policier Liège, Belgium 2012 / San Francisco International Film Festival, USA 2012 / Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz, Austria 2012 Flanders Film Festival, Belgium 2012 / Les cinémas du Grütli, Switzerland 2012 / Silk Screen Festival, USA 2012 / Seattle International Film Festival, USA 2012 / Transilvania International Film Festival, Romania 2012 / Festival Focus ArtsEmerson (Boston), USA 2012 / Midnight Sun Film Festival, Finland 2012 / Lume International Film Festival, Brazil 2012 / Cinema City Int'l Film Festival, Serbia 2012 / New Taipei City Film Festival (SPOT, Taipei Film House), Taiwan 2012 / Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland 2012 / Viennale - Open Air, Austria 2012 / Cinematik International Film Festival Piestany, Slovakia 2012 / Helsinki International Film Festival "Love & Anarchy", Finland 2012 / 2nd International Crime and Punishment Film Festival, Turkey 2012 / Ljubjana International Film Festival , Slovenia 2012 / Skopje European Film Festival Cined@ys , Macedonia 2012 / La Orquidea Film Festival, Ecuador 2012
Special Jury Prize - Courmayeur Noir in Festival 2011 / Audience Award - 3 Continents Nantes 2011 / Best fiction film - Philadelphia Film Festival 2011 / Gottlieb Award for Best Screenplay - Jerusalem IFF 2011 / Van Leer Award Group Fondation for Cinematography - Jerusalem IFF 2011 / Special Jury Prize - Locarno 2011 / Nominated for 7 Israeli Film Academy Awards (Ophir Awards) 2011: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Soundtrack / Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), Argentina 2012: Mejor pelicula (Best film), Mejor director (Best director) / San Francisco International Film Festival 2012 – New Directors Prize
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Nadav Lapid directed during his studies in the Sam Spiegel Film School several short films, which were screened in Cannes, Berlin and Locarno. His graduate film Emile’s Girlfriend (50 min) was distributed in France. He participated in the Festival de Cannes Residence, where he wrote the script for Policeman. The project won the pitching price of the Jerusalem Film Festival and of the Thessaloniki film festival in 2008. Keep on dancing, a collection of novels he wrote, was published in Israel and France. Nadav Lapid studied philosophy and history and worked as a sports and culture journalist, a television critic and documentary cinematographer.