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Joseph Cedar - Biography, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Filmography

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Born August 31, 1968, New York - Israeli film director and screenwriter, born in the United States.

In Israel, Joseph (pronounced Yosef in Hebrew) completed his military service as a paratrooper, then completed his first degree in philosophy and theater studies at the Hebrew University, after which he studied film art in New York. He was named an Orthodox Jew and Zionist by the New York Times in January 2012, but later in an interview with the Jewish online magazine Tablet Magazine disagreed with this definition, although he confirmed that he wears a kippa most of the time, mostly in public.

Joseph Cedar's first film, The Pact (Military Yeshiva), where he worked as a screenwriter and director, was released in 2000. The film, which chronicles the difficult relationship between the Israel Defense Forces and religious Jews, gained popularity in Israel and won six Ophir Academy of Film and Television Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Film. Cedar's next film, The Bonfire (more accurately translated, The Tribal Bonfire), again focuses on the religious Zionist community and addresses issues of ideology and personal convenience in the settlement movement. This film by Sedar won five Ophir awards in 2004, two of which - for script and direction - went to him personally. The film was also awarded a prize at the Chicago Film Festival. At the same time, in the national-religious sector of the Israeli public, the film was harshly criticized as caricatureing the images of its representatives and the settlement movement, presenting the settlers as mercantile, petty and intolerant of "strangers."

International success has come to Cedar through the next two films, Beaufort (2007) and Footnote (2011). The first is dedicated to the theme of the Lebanese war, widely developed in Israeli cinema (around the same time, two more Israeli films on this topic were released, noted with attention abroad - "Waltz with Bashir" by Ari Folman and "Lebanon" by Shmuel Maoz). The second shows the relationship of two scholarly scholars of the Talmud, father and son, one of whom mistakenly receives the Israel Prize instead of the other. Given that Joseph Cedar's father also received this award, journalists later asked the director how autobiographical the plot of the film was; Cedar, however, declined to confirm any analogies between his family and the characters in Footnotes, although he admitted that the idea for the film was born.
The Footnote, like Cedar's first two films, won the Ophir Award for Best Film, garnering an additional eight awards, including Direction and Screenplay. Beaufort, on the other hand, received only four such awards, of which there was not a single major one. However, at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival, this film won the first ever Israeli film "Silver Bear" for directing, and at the Bangkok International Film Festival - the Grand Prix. Footnote won the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay award and was nominated for the Palme d'Or. Both films were also shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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