Dan Wolman receives Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFI 2018

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By Stephen Fernandes Mobile: 9820707327 Email: stevfern@gmail.com

Veteran Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman received Lifetime Achievement Award IFFI 2018 from Union I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Goa Governor Mridula Sinha during the opening ceremony of IFFI 2018, in Panaji on November 20, 2018.

Having mainstream movies is important, but filmmakers must explore “special” films to reflect something impactful, said Dan Wolman.”There is something here (in India) that everyone speaks about, and that is mainstream films. And I am somebody who is an advocate of the fringes.

Dan Wolman (born October 28, 1941) is a veteran Israeli filmmaker whose films have been presented in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Shanghai, Goa, Moscow and many other film festivals, winning awards and prizes the world over.

The 70-plus filmmaker is himself known for toying with subjects that only few filmmakers dealt with in Israel, his home country, during his prime.His movie ‘The Dreamer’, which went to the Cannes Film Festival, was set in an old age home. His ‘Hide and Seek’ is billed as the first Israeli film ever to address themes of homosexuality. He is a director and writer, known for Hide and Seek (1980), Tied Hands (2006) and Ben’s Biography (2003).

Dan received a “Lifetime achievement award” at Jerusalem International film festival and “The Silver Hugo” award at the Chicago International Film Festival for “Unique vision and innovative work”. In January 2015 he was awarded the “Arik Einstein prize” for his achievements and contribution to Israeli cinema and culture .

In 2016 Dan won “The Ophir Life Time Achievement Award” by the Israeli Film Academy. His films cover a big range from the very commercial youth comedy “Lemon Popsical” to the very personal “The Distance” and “Foreign Sister” both of which won the Volgin Award for “Best film” at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.

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