Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he enjoyed "Footnotes," the local film nominated for an Oscar, and is wishing it luck at Sunday's award ceremony.
Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that the movie "touched the hearts of very many Israelis," including himself.
"Footnotes" is about a rivalry between father-son Talmudic scholars in Jerusalem. Netanyahu, who is the son of a professor and who grew up in the same neighborhood in which the movie takes place, says the film had special resonance for him.
"Footnotes" is competing against an Iranian film, "A Separation," in the foreign language category. The two countries are bitter enemies and tensions are high over Iran's nuclear program.
Israel has earned four Oscar nominations since 2007 but has never won.