The 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival, which wraps this weekend, has announced its prizes. The winner of the inaugural edition of the international competition is Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV. The film world premiered in Cannes and stars French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud as the Sun King struggling with his own mortality in his final days.
Jury members included former Focus exec and Cornerstone Films’ Alison Thompson, Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson (Rams), and Israeli director Talya Lavie (Zero Motivation). Tobias Lindholm’s A War received an honorable mention.
Asaph Polonsky’s One Week and a Day won the Haggiag award for best Israeli Feature Film and a $32,000 prize. The film also picked up awards for Best First Film and Best Script. Polonsky’s comedy additionally won the FIPRESCI award for Best Israeli Debut.
Festival attendees this year included Quentin Tarantino, who told festgoers he has two more features in him, Laurie Anderson and Whit Stillman. Execs in attendance included Sony Pictures Classics’ Dylan Leiner, Celluloid Dreams president Hengameh Panahi as well as Rémi Burah, COO of ARTE France Cinéma.