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Foxtrot

Samuel Maoz
Israel, Switzerland, Germany, France 2017 / 108’
Faces Places Frost

The great comeback of Samuel Maoz, the maker of the acclaimed 2009 film Lebanon. Unlike that stifling and claustrophobic film, this time the Israeli director lets his imagination run wild, and he gives free rein to his fantasies. However, he remains loyal to the subject of the war and its impact on his characters' psyche. In Foxtrot, Maoz confronts us with the experience of two middle-aged people who find out that something bad has happened to their son on the front. Over time, the situation becomes complicated, information becomes more and more contradictory, and the film's realism mixes with the logic of dreams. Showing the absurdities of Israeli military service in a black comedy met with protests from local politicians. In response, Maoz declared: "If I criticize the country I live in, I do it because I care for it, I do it out of love." This approach has gained an understanding among audiences and critics worldwide. Foxtrot won the Grand Prix at the Venice Film Festival and was also shortlisted for the Oscars.

Piotr Czerkawski

awards

Venice Film Festival 2017 – Grand Jury Prize; Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2017 – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Sound

Samuel Maoz

Samuel Maoz was born in Tel Aviv in 1962. He served in the army as a 20-year-old and took part in the 1982 Lebanon War. After returning to civilian life, he got involved in the film industry and gained experience as a cinematographer and set designer. In 2000, he undertook his first directorial attempts for a series of documentary films for the ARTE television channel. In 2009, he made a war drama inspired by his own experiences, Lebanon, which brought him the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival.

Filmography

2009 Liban / Lebanon

2013 Manybuy (short)

2017 Fokstrot / Foxtrot

Cast & Crew

director Samuel Maoz
screenplay Samuel Maoz
cinematography Giora Bejach
editing Arik Leibovitch, Guy Nemesh
music Ophir Leibovitch, Amit Poznansky
cast Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray
producer Marc Baschet, Viola Fügen,Cédomir Kolar, Michael Weber
production Bord Cadre Films
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language English
colouration colour