Pick a Card, also known as Afula Express, is a 1997 Israeli romantic comedy drama film directed by Julie Shles. It stars Zvika Hadar, Esti Zakheim, and Aryeh Moskona.[1] Critically acclaimed, it won the Ophir Award for Best Film. The film was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]

Pick a Card
עפולה אקספרס צילום איציק פורטל.jpg
Film poster
Directed byJulie Shles
Written byAmit Lior, Julie Shles
Produced byAssaf Amir
CinematographyYitzhak Portal
Edited byMaor Kishet
Music byYuval Shafrir
Norma Productions
Release date
  • 1997 (1997)
Running time
95 minutes
LanguagesHebrew, English

The movie focuses on aspiring magician David, whose girlfriend Batya wants him to concentrate more on their relationship. David joins up with Romanian immigrant Shimon, hoping that the two of them can form a magic act.

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  1. ^ Leaman, Oliver (16 December 2003). Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film. Routledge. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-134-66252-4.
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ "44 Countries Hoping for Oscar Nominations". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 24 November 1997. Archived from the original on 13 February 1998. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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