The 401st Blow :: Thoughts On Media

Israeli Film Wins The Venice Film Festival

Posted in Rant by Noah Harlan on September 12, 2009

An Israeli film – LEBANON by Samuel Maoz – just took the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Congratulations to them, I can’t wait to see it. Also, what a delightful refutation of the close-minded silliness of the Toronto boycotters.

From the AP:

“I dedicate this work to people all over the world that come back from the war safe and sound,” the director told the audience at the award ceremony. “They work, get married, have children,” but the memories get “stuck in their souls.” Maoz was a young man when he served in the Israeli armed forces during the invasion.

The occupation led to a two-decades long occupation by Israel.

Variety has described the film as the “boldest and best of the recent mini-wave” of Israeli movies. The awards jury was headed by Ang Lee, himself a Golden Lion-winning director.


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