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Ephraim Kishon considered one of the most famous creators in the Israeli cinema. He was nominated twice for an Oscar and won the Golden Globe three times. He wrote, directed and produced five comedy films, among them Sallah Shabati, Hashoter Azulay - The Policeman and The Dig known as the Blaumilch Canal.
Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe Award winner, is an Israeli comedy about the chaos of immigration and resettlement. The sharp, often hilarious satire is about Sallah and his family, new immigrants from an undisclosed Arab country, who are transferred to a temporary settlement camp upon arrival and are abandoned there for months. Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe Award winner, is an Israeli comedy about the chaos of immigration.
The Policeman 1972
Ha-Shoter Azulai also known as The Policeman was nominated for the 1971 Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film Award, and was awarded the 1972 Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film Award. The film won several other international awards, such as Best Foreign Film in the Barcelona film festival and Best Director in the Monte Carlo Film Festival. In Israel it is considered a cinematic classic.
The Fox in the Chicken Coop
1978 - Based on Ephraim Kishon’s satire under the same name (Hebrew: Ha Shu’al B’Lool Hatarnegolot) features many prominent Israeli actors of the time, most notably Shay K. Ophir and Seffi Rivlin. The film takes a satirical, comic look at the old generation of Israeli politicians.
Ervinka, is an Israeli film written and directed by Ephraim Kishon. The film, starring Chaim Topol (best known for his leading role in Fiddler on the Roof) is a comical tale of a good-natured but incorrigible layabout that becomes embroiled in a plot to rob the Israeli lottery, all while indulging himself in his boundless zeal for mischief and romance.
The Blaumilch Canal 1971
Blaumilch Canal, also known as The Big Dig (1971), was nominated for the Golden Globe Award. This film is an Israeli comedy, which depicts the madness of bureaucracy through a municipality’s reaction to the actions of an escape lunatic who digs up the streets of Tel Aviv with a jackhammer. A madman escapes from the asylum in Tel Aviv and starts digging a canal right in the middle of one of Tel Aviv’s main streets.
Two Nominations for the Oscar
Nomination for the Oscar
Ephraim Kishon and Sheike Ofir
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