Israeli Oscar Contender “Cinema Sabaya” Acquired by Kino Lorber

“Cinema Sabaya” May going to the Academy Awards and Definitely Heading to North America. A press release announced that Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Orit Fox Rotem’s award-winning feature debut, Israel’s presentation in the 2023 International Feature Oscar Race. Described as “the richly textured portrait of a group of Arab and Israeli women participating in a documentary filmmaking workshop”, “Cinema Sabaya” is slated for release in 2023, along with a digital and home video release. Is.

According to the release “Cinema Sabaya” is inspired by Rotem’s own experience “teaching filmmaking to women’s groups in Acre and Givat Hviva in northern Israel”. Eight women, Arab and Jewish, attend a video workshop at a local community center directed by a young filmmaker named Rona (Dana Ivgi), who puts cameras in the hands of women and teaches them how to document their lives. How to do The women form a mosaic of contemporary Israeli society, ranging from a devout Muslim mother to a single Jewish woman who lives on a boat. Accepting the challenge of the workshop, the women begin filming their daily activities and routines, capturing the dilemmas and triumphs that prevail in their lives: motherhood, discrimination, financial independence, self-realization, and more. As women share footage of themselves with each other, barriers are broken down, beliefs are challenged, and women learn about each other and about themselves. ,

The play made its world premiere at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, where it received Best First Feature and Audience Awards. It has gone on screen at the AFI Fest and the Zurich Film Festival among other fests.

“At its core, ‘Cinema Sabaya’ is about the power of cinema: to transform people’s lives, to give women a voice, and to break down cultural barriers. We are delighted to have audiences in the US and Canada. We are inviting you to join us in the intimate, self-discovery journey of these women,” said Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Liddell.

Rotem said, “I am very excited to collaborate with Kino Lorber on my first film, ‘Cinema Sabaya’. I have long admired her work in many daring, thought-provoking films, and for my own film.” It is a great honor for me to partner with them.”

Other female-directed offerings include vying for a name in the International Feature category Alice Diop’s “Saint Omer” a play about a writer who participates in the trial of a woman accused of infanticide, and “Alcars”, by Carla Simon A portrait of a family of peach farmers. The first is representing France and the second Spain.