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Berlinale 2013 : CICAE ART CINEMA AWARD für “Rock the Casbah” in der Kategorie “Panorama”

Berlinale 2013 : CICAE ART CINEMA AWARD für “Rock the Casbah” in der Kategorie “Panorama”

The members of the 2013 CICAE independent jury awarded the film Rock the Casbah by Yariv Horowitz as best film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale on Saturday, February 16th, 2013.

Members of the jury were : Francesca Bolognesi (Villa Medici, Rome), Iris Praefke (cinema Moviemento, Berlin) and Marianne Piquet (Cinéma Le Rex, Châtenay-Malabry, France).

Statement of the jury:

“The jury honors unanimously the force of the mise-en-scène and the subject. The director shows great intelligence in talking about a very personal situation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on one side and on the other side he tells the universal story of the nonsense of war.”


The Gaza Strip in the early summer of 1989. A company of young Israeli soldiers reports for duty in the occupied area. Continuous clashes with the Palestinian population soon claim their first fatality: one of the soldiers, Iliya, is killed when a washing machine is dropped on him from the rooftop of an apartment block. The perpetrator escapes. In order to find him, their commanding officer orders some of the soldiers to take up position on the roof for the weekend. In spite of vehement protests from the building’s Palestinian owner, who fears being considered a collaborator, Aki, Ariel, Haim and Tomer begin their vigil. A lounger is set up and they listen to rock music on their transistor radio. But when the dead soldier Iliya’s father, now a broken man, pays them a visit they realise each and every one of them will lose their innocence in that place.
All the action of Yariv Horowitz’s film takes place in just a few days. His drama explores the psychological effects of the Arab-Israeli conflict on those involved. In particular the experiences of Tomer, who has only just reached adulthood, reflect the senselessness of armed action, which only ever creates yet more injustice.

The CICAE ART CINEMA AWARDS are awarded in the major European festivals by an international jury of independent cinema programmers. The CICAE ART CINEMA AWARDS help to bring to the international Arthouse network films of high quality, for it to find its audience.

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