Samuel MAOZ (1962, Israel) started making films when he received an 8mm movie camera
at thirteen. He worked as a soldier, but after the Lebanon war in 1982, he trained as a cameraman, finishing in 1987. He then worked as
production designer and documentary filmmaker. For his feature debut Lebanon
(2009), a script based on his own traumatic experiences as part of a tank crew,
he received the Golden Lion Award in Venice. Maoz' 2017 film Foxtrot won the
Silver Lion in Venice and won the Ophir Award for Best Film,
also becoming the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the
(selection) Total Eclipse (2000, doc), Lebanon (2009), Foxtrot (2017)
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Samuel Maoz at IFFR
With the autobiographical Lebanon (Golden Lion in Venice), Samuel Maoz returns to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. An operation to clear a small town turns into a chaotic nightmare. A claustrophobic tour de force - the whole film is set inside a tank.
Drink lots of water, the far-too-young soldiers impress upon Michael after they’ve told him that his son Jonathan died on military service. His wife Daphna has already succumbed to the news. In Samuel Maoz's follow-up to Lebanon, that is the starting point of a nerve-wracking dance with fate.