Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland
A drama about a family that breaks apart and reunites. A conflict between love and guilt; love that copes with extreme emotional pain. And as in my previous film, LEBANON, I wanted to continue to investigate, in an intensive manner that combines criticism and compassion, a human dynamic created in a closed unit.
The film has a shot where you see a screen of a laptop with a notice of mourning and next to it a bowl with oranges.
This frame is the story of my country in four words – oranges and dead soldiers. When my eldest daughter went to high school, she never woke up on time, and in order not to be late she would ask me to call for a taxi. This habit cost us quite a bit of money, and it seemed to me like a bad education. One morning I got mad and told her to take the bus like everyone else. And if that’s why she’d be late, then she’d be late. Maybe she should learn the hard way to wake up in time. Her bus was line 5. Half an hour after she left, I see in a news site that a terrorist blew himself up in line 5, and that dozens of people were killed. I called her but the cellular operator collapsed because of the unexpected load. Half an hour later, she returned home. She was late for the bus that exploded. She saw it leave the station and took the next bus. And I’m still considered lucky because I have girls ...
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 in Venice for LEBANON. Eight years later he wrote and directed his second film, FOXTROT.
2017 - FOXTROT
2009 - LEBANON
2005 - THE INSUFFERABLE LIGHTNESS, TV doc
1999 - THE KING LIVES, TV Drama
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Samuel Maoz
Written by: Samuel Maoz
Produced by: Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Eitan Mansuri, Cédomir Kolar, Marc Baschet, Michel Merkt
Cinematography: Giora Bejach
Editing: Arik Lahav Leibovich, Guy Nemesh
Production Design: Arad Sawat
Costume Design: Hila Bargiel
Hair & Make-up: Barbara Kreuzer
Original Score: Ophir Leibovitch, Amit Poznansky
Sound Design: Alex Claude
Visual Effects: Jean-Michel Boublil
Main Cast: Lior Ashkenazi (Michael), Sarah Adler (Dafna), Yonatan Shiray (Jonathan)
Nominations and Awards
- European Director 2018
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2018