WALTZ WITH BASHIR (MA15+)

Israel / Germany / France, 2008 (MIFF 2008, Border Patrol)

Director: Ari Folman

We may forget the past, but the past won't forget us.

Director Art Folman's animated documentary was surprisingly passed over for a prize in this year's Cannes competition; for many viewers the audacity and boldness of its cinematic vision marked it as a standout title. The subject matter is repressed memory - specifically, the memories of Folman and his friends' involvement as soldiers in the Israeli war against Lebanon in 1982.

Using flash-animation, hand-drawn techniques and computer-enhanced 3D modelling, Folman's work of art is one of this year's highlights.

“Transmuted via novel use of animation into something special, strange and peculiarly potent.” - Variety


D/S Ari Folman P Ari Folman, Yael Nahlieli, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixnew, Roman Paul Dist Sharmill Distribution
L Hebrew, German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008/87mins


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