Israeli Drama About IDF Veterans Reuniting for Final Mission Wins Top Award at Canneseries
An Israeli drama won the top honor of Best Series at the Cannes International Series Festival, also known as Canneseries, on Wednesday.
“When Heroes Fly” tells the tale of four friends and veterans of an IDF special forces unit — who served together in the Second Lebanon War — reuniting for one last operation aimed at finding the former lover of one of them, who happens to be the sister of another.
The series is set in the jungles of Columbia and was produced and distributed by Israel’s Keshet.
“When Heroes Fly” beat over nine other TV shows, including another from Israel, for the Best Series award.
Upon accepting the honor on stage, “When Heroes Fly” actor Tomer Kapon began with a Hebrew blessing, thanking God. Kapon, known for his role in “Fauda,” then said, “A life in Israeli television is not always an easy thing but when you have a series that succeeds it’s because you work with people who love their work, so a big thank you to all of them.”
He added, “This show deals with the consequences of war and the prices of it so I just want to say, make love and not war.”
“When Heroes Fly,” which is based on a book by Israeli author Amir Gutfreund, has yet to premiere in Israel. It made its world premiere at the Canneseries. The other Israeli entry at the Canneseries, the HOT series “Miguel,” took home the award for special performance.
Watch a clip from “When Heroes Fly” below: