With Lebanon, we visit the same battlefield as earlier in the animation film Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman. Samuel Maoz is also a soldier who became a filmmaker and he also chose an unusual form for his memories of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Lebanon is entirely set inside a tank. Just like the soldiers themselves, we can only see the outside world through the gunner's sight. The young crew of four - one of them is going to have to shoot at people for the first time - is ordered to assist a platoon in clearing a town. What was supposed to be a tourist outing quickly turns into a chaotic nightmare with plenty of civilian casualties, banned phosphorus shells and Falangists as dubious allies.
A claustrophobic tour de force with which Maoz consciously distances himself from war cliches. In Venice it won the Golden Lion.


Filmmaker
Samuel Maoz
Country
Israel
Year
2009
Medium
35mm
Length
94’
Language
Arabic, Hebrew
Producer
David Silber, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, Sonja Ewers, Ilann Girard
Production Company
Metro Communications, Ariel Films GmbH, Paralite Productions, Arsam International, Zigota Ltd.
Sales
Celluloid Dreams
Writer
Samuel Maoz
Cinematography
Giora Bejach
Editor
Arik Leibovitch
Production Design
Ariel Roshko
Sound Design
Alex Claude
Music
Nicolas Becker, Benoît Delbecq
Cast
Yoav Donat
Website
http://www.celluloid-dreams.com/celluloid_dreams_library/k_l/lebanon/