Footnote

Year of Production:
2011
US Distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
Status:
Library
Genre:
Drama
Country of Origin:
Israel
Language:
Hebrew
Running Time:
105 mins
Director:
Joseph Cedar
Cast:
Shlomo Bar Aba, Lior Ashkenazi
Producer(s):
David Mandil, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
Crew:

Writer: Joseph Cedar

DoP: Yaron Scharf

Editor: Einat Glaser Zarhin

Production Designer: Arad Sawat

Music: Amit Poznansky

Sound Director: Alex Claude

Footnote is the story of a great rivalry between a father and son. Both eccentric professors have dedicated their lives to their work. The father seems a stubborn purist who fears the establishment. His son, Uriel, appears to strive on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition.

But one day, the tables turn. The two men switch places when the father learns he is to be awarded the most valuable honour one can receive. His desperate need for recognition is betrayed, his vanity exposed. Uriel is torn between pride and envy. Will he sabotage his father’s glory?

Footnote is the story of insane competition, the admiration and envy for a role model, bringing father and son to a final, bitter confrontation.

NOMINATED, BEST SCREENPLAY - FILM INDEPENDENT'S SPIRIT AWARDS
NOMINATED, BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS

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4. FOOTNOTE (Joseph Cedar) This Israeli film takes what might have been a trivial anecdote — a committee accidentally awards a prize to the wrong scholar — and turns it into a tragicomic opera.

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FOOTNOTE has been in release for12 weeks and is currently on 31 screens - Box Office to date is $1,885,021.
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A son following in his father’s footsteps is often a compliment to both the father and his profession. But when the son eclipses the father’s professional standing, things may get uncomfortable.

The Israeli film “Footnote” weaves a tale of...

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Academia ahaha - ★★★★

Imagine getting a phone-call from the government saying they’d finally decided to honour your research after ignoring you for 40 years. But what if your son, of the same name, was the intended recipient of the “Israel...

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Well-liked son and academic, Uriel Shkolnik has been recently admitted into the Israeli Academy of Sciences. In the moments preceding his speech at the institution’s welcoming ceremony, Uriel waits in the seat next to his sour father, Eliezer....

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The year is still young, but there may not be a smarter, more satisfying film in it than “Footnote.” Intensely specific in story yet universal in themes, with a tone that turns on a dime from comic absurdity to close to tragedy, this is brainy,...

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Footnote (written and directed by Joseph Cedar) tells the Freud-worthy story of Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar-Aba and Lior Ashkenazi), a father and son who are both intense academics studying the Talmud at Hebrew U. While the elder...

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Rating: 4/5

Joseph Cedar’s Footnote explores a relationship between father and son, which seems, at first, worrying. While I know stuff like The Godfather and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade exist, hearing that a film is about a...

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“Footnote,” the marvelous fourth feature – and the wittiest and most accomplished – by Israeli director Joseph Cedar begins with music reminiscent of melodramatic Hollywood thrillers of the 1940s.

The absurdly ominous score is so over the...

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"Footnote" speaks volumes. Intensely specific in story yet wide-ranging in themes, with a tone that turns on a dime from comic absurdity to close to tragedy, this is brainy, bravura filmmaking of the highest level, a motion picture that is as...

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Another of this year’s Best Foreign Language Film nominees, Footnote may not be as intense or soul-searching as A Separation or In Darkness, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t superior satisfying entertainment. Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar...

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A son grows up wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps as a recognized scholar and reaches a level of fame the father was never able to obtain. A father, enraged by constantly being disregarded by his peers bitterly mocks his son’s success...

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It is a truism that academic arguments are so passionate because the stakes are so small. “Footnote,” a wonderful new film from the American-born Israeli director Joseph Cedar, at once affirms this conventional wisdom and calls it into question....

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Since this comedy is about dueling Talmudic scholars who happen to be related, an old Yiddish proverb comes to mind (forgive the translation): “Small children, small problems; big children, big problems.” The wizened Eliezer Shkolnik (Bar-Aba),...

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"We live in a society where the emphasis upon winners and losers is dramatically revealed everywhere. Listen to the chants 'America Is No.1' after an American victory in an Olympic Games competition or read about the energy behind this phenomenon...

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The complex ‘Footnote,’ about Torah scholars, takes Joseph Cedar to another kind of battlefield: that of academic infighting and father-son resentment.

Judaism is unique among the Abrahamic faith traditions in giving pride of place to the...

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Sometimes a movie demands attention more for its “How” than its “What,” and writer-director Joseph Cedar’s Footnote falls squarely in that category. A movie about feuding father-and-son Talmudic scholars isn’t a surefire way to pack ’em in at the...

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Footnote, Joseph Cedar's fourth film, won the award for best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011 and was one of the nominees for this year's Oscar as best foreign film. The film opens in limited release Friday (3/9/12).

But...

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At Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a small but obsessed group of mostly competitive men dedicate themselves to the study, deconstruction, and interpretation of ancient Talmudic texts. For the most part, individual achievement is measured in...

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Footnote is a movie about Talmudic scholars that hands the spectator a Talmudic riddle. Does the parent sacrifice for the child or the child for the parent? Is family more important than truth?

Upon entering the little room, Uriel learns...

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Review

The Israeli director’s inventive tale of the father-son rivalry between two Talmudic scholars is a family drama posing as a quirky comedy—but that’s not a bad thing. There’s a touching and surprisingly sad tale at its heart.

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One of the essential components of Jewish humor is finding comedy in the face of great tragedy. So it goes with Footnote, the fourth feature film from Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar and one of the five nominees for Best Foreign-Language...

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I don’t think there was a movie at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival (or New York after that) that thrilled me in the same way that “Footnote” did.

Joseph Cedar’s film, about a family of academics, creates a tension that squeezes laughs...

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"At this time many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy," Iranian director Asghar Farhadi said in his acceptance speech for his film, "A Separation," winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film at...

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The universe of Joseph Cedar's "Footnote," Oscar nominee from Israel for Best Foreign Language film, couldn't be more specific. It's a father-son comedy/morality tale set in the world of Israel's Talmudic academia. It doesn't sound hilarious, but...

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As awards for Footnote pile up, the director-screenwriter reflects on why he remains in Israel among a new generation of talented filmmakers.

With an Oscar nomination, a Cannes Film Festival award and countless other kudos to his credit,...

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This season, 63 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards. The 2011 submissions are vying to be among the 9 long-listed by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences...

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A tiny but defining moment occurs early in Joseph Cedar’s wise and poignantly perceptive Israeli drama. The aging Talmudic scholar and philologist Eliezer (Shlomo Bar-Aba) sits silently, watching his son Uriel (Lior Ashkenazi) as he’s received...

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Have you ever got up one day and thought "Today, I'd really like to watch a drama about competing Talmudic scholars at an Israeli university"? No, neither had we. More fool us, frankly, because Footnote is absolutely superb - funny, poignant and...

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The film "Footnote" directed by Joseph Cedar was the big winner at yesterday's Ophir Awards ceremony, gleaning nine awards, including the best film, best director and best screenplay.

Prizes for best actor and best supporting actor went to...

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Footnote was the big winner at the 22nd Ophir Awards, the prizes of the Israel Academy for Film, which were handed out at a ceremony in Haifa on Thursday night.

Footnote won the award for Best Picture, a particularly important prize since...

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Footnote

By HANNAH BROWN
08/18/2011 11:31

Joseph Cedar’s 'Footnote' and Nadav Lapid’s 'Policeman' to be shown alongside latest films by Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese among others.

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Footnote

The Ophir Awards, dubbed the "Israeli Oscars," are given by the Israeli Film and Television Academy to recognize professional excellence in the film industry.
By Nirit Anderman

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'Beaufort' put him on the map, cinematically. Now writer-director Joseph Cedar adds to Israel's film renaissance with this look at competitive father-son Talmudic scholars.

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The rich helping of grand Movie Music ladled over the great Israeli drama Footnote is just one of the many touches from filmmaker Joseph Cedar that make this invigorating Competition entry my favorite movie to date. (To date, by the way, is...

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Release information

US Distributor

Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date:
9th March 2012

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