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Lebanon

Levanon
Director: Samuel Maoz

Israel, Germany, France, drama, 92 min., 2009, lithuanian and english subtitles
The First Lebanon War – June, 1982. A lone tank is dispatched to search a hostile town in southern Lebanon that has already been bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. What seems to be a simple mission gradually goes out of control and turns into a death trap, a shivering nightmare. Shmuel the gunner (Yoav Donat), Assi the commander (Itay Tiran), Herzl the loader (Oshri Cohen) and Yigal the driver (Michael Moshonov) are the tank’s crew. They are not fighters, eager for battle, conquest or self-sacrifice. Entangled in the absurd and unfair war nets and terrified to death by its horrors, they are operating a killing machine. A sharp basic instinct will push them to the limits as they struggle hard to survive in a situation they cannot contain anymore, desperately trying not to lose their humanity amid the chaos of war. “Lebanon” is a film about four boys who had never been involved in anything violent before and found themselves killing people. A film about survival against a palpable threat of death, a situation in which the conflict between their basic instincts and human conscious claims its victims.

Awards:
2009 – Golden Lion in the 66th Venice International Film Festival, the Nazareno Taddei Award, and SIGNIS Award – Honorable Mention.
2009 – Israeli Film Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Art Direction and Best Supporting Actor - Zohar Shtrauss.
2009 – Human Values Award in Thessaloniki Film Festival.

About the director:
Samuel Maoz is an Israeli film director born in 1962 in Tel Aviv, also known as Shmulik Maoz. He trained as a cameraman at the Academy of Art Beit Tzvi in Ramat Gan and did art direction in film and television productions. As a director, Maoz was associated with the production of documentary films such as the ARTE production of “Total Eclipse” (2000). In 2007, Maoz began the process for “Lebanon”, his first feature film project. In this film, he devoted himself to depicting his experiences in the 1982 Lebanon War, in which he himself had been wounded as a young 20-year-old soldier. The trauma inflicted by the war was so deep, it took 25 years for the filmmaker to speak about it through film.

Trailer:
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Samuel Maoz

Dir. of Photography: Giora Bejach

Music: Nicolas Becker, Benoît Delbecq

Cast: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Zohar Shtrauss, Michael Moshonov