Palestinian film wins Cannes Jury Prize

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A film funded by the Palestinian Authority won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Omar,” directed by Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, about three Palestinian childhood friends, was filmed in the West Bank and presents Israel and its military in a negative light.

The Jury Prize is considered the third most prestigious prize awarded at the festival, which is set to close Sunday night.

Abu-Assad was the director of the 2005 film “Paradise Now,” which was nominated for an Oscar and took a Golden Globe for best foreign film.