by Samuel Maoz



Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists which rival the surreal military experiences of his son.


Samuel Maoz was born in Tel Aviv in 1962. At 13, he received a 8mm movie camera and a roll of film. He wanted to recreate a gunfight scene he had seen in a western and set his camera on the tracks of an approaching train. It got smashed to smithereens. However, by 18, he had already made dozens of films. As a young soldier he was part of a tank crew. He trained as a gunner, firing at barrels of fuel that exploded like fireworks. It felt like a Luna Park game. Only when war broke out in June 1982, did he learn the horrors of being a gunner. In 1987 he completed his cinema studies, but it took him 20 years more to finally create his first feature film, Lebanon. He has worn a suit only twice in his life. On his Bar-Mitzva, and when he won the Golden Lion Award for Lebanon. 8 years later he wrote and directed his second film, Foxtrot.

2009: Lebanon (Feature)
2005: The Insufferable Lightness (Documentary TV)
1999: The King Lives (TV Drama)


Lior Ashkenazi
Sarah Adler
Yonatan Shiray
Gefen Barkai
Dekel Adin
Shaul Amir
Itay Exlroad
Danny Isserles
Itamar Rotschild
Roi Miller
Arie Tcherner
Yehuda Almagor
Shira Haas
Karin Ugowski


writor & director Samuel Maoz
director of photography Giora Bejach
editors Arik Lahav Leibovich, Guy Nemesh
sound Alex Claude, Samuel Cohen, Ansgar Frerich
music direction Alex Claude
original score Ophir Leibovitch, Amit Poznanky
sound mixer Sam Cohen
re-recording mixer Ansgar Frerich
production designer Arad Sawat
costume designer Hila Bargiel
makeup artist Barbara Kreuzer
casting director Chamutal Zerem
first assistant director Adin Wiener
associate producers Meinolf Zurhorst, Olivier Père, Rémi Burah, Dan Wechsler, Jim Stark
line producer Dorissa Berninger
co-producers Jonathan Doweck, Jamal Zeinal Zade
producers Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Eitan Mansuri, Cedomir Kolar, Marc Baschet, Michel Merkt

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 1.85:1 / 5.1
length 114 min.
original languages Hebrew, Arabic, German

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