Lebanon

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(out of 5)


A group of soldiers embroiled in battle in the 1982 Lebanon war are the subject of this tight, claustrophobic drama whose scope is large but whose actual territory of observation is a few metres. Cramped inside a giant tank, these men are observed as their vehicle is at turns their protection, their escape and, eventually, their greatest danger. Director Samuel Maoz produces as effective an anti-war statement with close ups of fearful eyes and dirty faces as other films do with massive battles; which isn’t to say that the film doesn’t feature its fair share of conflict scenes, which it does with painful believability, but the scenes that focus more on the chamber piece nature of the cast make it stick in the mind the most. War is a muffled scream in this film, and the men suffer devastating disillusionment long before physical injury even comes to play in their story.


Israel/France/Lebanon/Germany, 2009

Directed by

Screenplay by Samuel Maoz

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , , , ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2009, Venice 2009


Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , ,, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Venice Film Festival Award
Golden Lion

European Film Awards
Best European Discovery of the Year (Samuel Maoz)
Carlo Di Palma Award for European Cinematographer

Nominations
Best European Film
Best European Director (Samuel Maoz)
Best European Editor
Best European Screenwriter


Lebanon

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