Drama | 14A | 113 min


Uptown Theatre 1 Thu, May 17 4:00 PM
Uptown Theatre 1 Thu, May 17 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Screening
Release Year:2017
Rating:14A - sexual content, substance abuse and coarse language
Production Country:Israel
Original Langauge:Hebrew
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Samuel Maoz
Cast:Lior Ashkenazi
Sarah Adler
Yonaton Shiray
Shira Haas
Produced By:Michael Weber
Philippe Bober
Viola Fügen
Eitan Mansuri
Cedomir Kolar
Marc Baschet
Michael Merkt
Screenwriter:Samuel Maoz
Music By:Ophir Leibovitch
Amit Poznansky


"Brilliantly constructed with a visual audacity that serves the subject rather than the other way around, this is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level." - Jay Weissberg, Variety

"It's a superior piece of cinema." – David Sims, The Atlantic

Samuel Maoz's debut feature, Lebanon (winner of the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival), was set during the 1982 Lebanon War, and shot almost entirely inside of a tank. Foxtrot steps away from that fevered claustrophobia to tell another maddening story of war and conflict, but this one on a much broader canvas. Michael (Lior Ashkenazi) and Dafna (Sarah Adler) experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son, Jonathan. Unable to find any solace in the well-meaning — if hollowly effusive — condolences of their extended family, or in the empty patriotic platitudes of bureaucrats, Michael spirals into anger only to subsequently experience one of life's unfathomable twists — a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. This film examines both the strength and the absurdity of military service from several points of view. Moving from the grieving parents' apartment to the remote military post where Jonathan was stationed, Maoz shows us precisely how much damage can ensue when young soldiers, barely able to tell their toe from a trigger, experience boredom, privation, and loneliness. Although there is a terrible tragedy at the heart of the film, containing many moments laced with mordant humour, irony, and sincere emotional connection. Maoz once again brings us a powerful story, beautifully photographed and composed, about the lunacy of war, and its most immediate, as well as its most far-reaching impacts.

16 Awards, 14 Nominations:

Nominee, Best Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2017
Winner, Best Director, Athens International Film Festival, 2017
Winner, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Lior Ashkenazi), Best Cinematography, Best Cinematography, Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2017
Winner, Capri Foreign Language Film, Capri, Hollywood, 2017
Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, National Board of Review, USA, 2017
Winner, Best Film, Venice Film Festival, 2017

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