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Germany / Israel / France / Lebanon, 2009 (MIFF 2010, First Encounters)

Director: Samuel Maoz

Winner of the Golden Lion for best film at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

There are no heroes in this war drama. Based on writer/director Samuel Maoz's experience as a soldier during the 1982 Lebanon War, the whole of the film is set almost entirely inside the belly of a tank.

For the viewer the experience is direct, gritty, grimy and claustrophobic. As the tank rumbles across the border into foreign territory the physical and psychological reality of soldiers on the front line is driven home.

“Maoz' script takes the picture to a visceral level, where war is assessed purely by the animal reactions of the people exposed to it… it is a highly personal and intimate portrait of 24 hours in hell, and as such, frighteningly convincing.” - Screen International

D/S Samuel Maoz P Anat Bikel, Leon Edery, Moshe Edery Dist Rialto L Hebrew w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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