Samuel Maoz has created another masterpiece critically examining the military. FOXTROT was awarded the Silver Lion in Venice in 2017.
The Feldmans go through hell when they hear their son has died while serving in the Israeli military. Israel's renowned Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler outdo each other's acting, and cinematographer Giora Bejach's images alternate between surreal moments and a sense of claustrophobia. Samuel Maoz has created a deeply disturbing masterpiece about the destructive power of grief and the persistence of traumas. (Sophie Albers Ben Chamo)
As a young man, Samuel Maoz fought in the Lebanon War in 1982. He later trained as a cinematographer and worked as a production designer in film and television. The first film he directed was the documentary TOTAL ECLIPSE. His first feature film, LEBANON (2009), was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Filmography: LEBANON (2009)
Guest: Director Samuel Maoz in the discussion with Knut Elstermann
Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland 2017, feature film, 108 min., Hebrew with German subtitles
Director: Samuel Maoz
Production: Bord Cadre Films
International distribution: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Cinematography: Giora Bejach
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray, Shira Haas
Festivals/Awards (Selection): Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, Ophir (including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography), Venice Film Festival 2017 (Silver Lion/Grand Jury Prize, Arca CinemaGiovani Award, SIGNIS Award), Zagreb Film Festival 2017 (Best Film), Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017 (Director to watch Award)