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Footnote is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies (the body of Jewish and ceremonial law). The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. While his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honour for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son Uriel, meanwhile, is thrilled to see his father's achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father's. Will he sabotage his father's glory? Footnote is the story of insane academic competition, the dichotomy between admiration and envy for a role model, and the very complicated relationship between a father and son. This high-grossing film in the US has been nominated for, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards in 2012.

Israel, 2011

Hebrew with  English subtitles, 105 minutes 

Director: Joseph Cedar

Print Source: Mongrel Media



  • Best Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound, Best Editing Award of the Israeli Film Academy, 2011
  • Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival, 2011
  • National Board of Review  Award, Top Five Foreign Language Films,2011


  • Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards, 2012
  • Palme d’Or Award, Cannes Film Festival, 2011
  • Independent Spirit Award, Best Screenplay, 2011
  • Best  Supporting Actress,  Best Makeup, Best Music,  Award of the Israeli Film Academy, 2011


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