Farsi-language film ‘Baba Joon’ to be Israel’s Oscar entry

Marcy Oster

Actor Navid Negahban portraying Yitzchak, the son of an Iranian-Israeli turkey farmer in the forthcoming Farsi-language film

Actor Navid Negahban portraying Yitzchak, the son of an Iranian-Israeli turkey farmer in the forthcoming Farsi-language film “Baba Joon.” (Osnat Bukofzer)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — “Baba Joon,” a Farsi-language movie made by an Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors will be Israel’s entry in this year’s Oscars.

The film will be the Israeli candidate for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film after winning Best Picture at Monday’s Ophir Awards — Israel’s version of the Oscars.

The film, a story of familial conflict between three generations of Iranian Jewish men, directed by Yuval Delshad, also won in four other categories:  Art Direction, Music, Costume Design, and Casting.

Set in an Israeli agricultural village settled by Iranian immigrants, the film tells the story of Yitzchak, a Persian Israeli who, like his father, tends a turkey farm in a rural village in the Negev Desert. Yitzchak’s brother, Daryush, has moved to the United States to live a freer life. Their father, Baba Joon, wants to maintain the family’s traditional values while Yitzchak’s son, Moti, struggles with his family’s religious and patriarchal limitations.

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Delshad also wrote the film.

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