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Israeli Film Wins Second Place at West Berlin Film Festival

An Israeli film, “The Summer of Aviya,” won the Silver Bear award, the second highest award of the Berlin International Film Festival here.

Starring kaipo Cohen, a 10-year-old actress, the film is the first Israeli movie ever to take a prize at the annual film festival, which is considered one of the movie industry’s main festivals along with Cannes and Venice.

“The Summer of Aviya” (Hakayets Shel Aviya), was directed by Eli Cohen and produced by Eytan Even.

It is the story of young Aviya, played by Cohen, and her mother, Henya, a Holocaust survivor played by Gila Almagor.

the top prize, the Berlin Golden Bear, went to the American film “Rain Man,” starring Dustin Hoffman as an autistic savant.