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Michel Khleifi

Michel Khleifi

Sector : Media, Directors

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Serbien
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1950
  • Age: 62
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Born in Nazareth is a film writer, director and producer. Emigrated from Israel in 1970 and now resides in Belgium.

 There, he studied television and theatre directing at the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (INSAS). After graduating from INSAS, he worked in Belgium television before turning to making his own films.

 He has directed and produced several documentary and feature films and received several prestigious awards including the International Critics’ Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Shell at San Sebastián International Film Festival in 1987 for his film Wedding in Galilee.

 Michel Khleifi currently teaches at INSAS Filmography: Fertile Memory (1980) Ma'loul Celebrates its Destruction (1985) Wedding in Galilee (trasliteration Urs al-Jalil (1987) Canticle of the Stones (1990) L'Ordre du Jour (1993) Tale of the Three Jewels (1995) Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (2003), in collaboration with Eyal Sivan Zindeeq (2009)

Achievements and Awards

In 1987, won International Critics Prize, Cannes for Wedding in Galilee In 1991, won Special Jury Prize at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival for Canticle of the Stones In 2005, won alongside Eyal Sivan the Mayor's Prize, at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival for Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel In 2009, won the Muhr award for "Best Arab Feature Film" at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF))

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