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Waltz with Bashir

7.5
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Original title
Waltz with Bashir
Year
Running time
87 min.
Country
Israel Israel
Director
Screenwriter
Ari Folman
Music
Max Richter
Cinematography
Animation
Cast
Producer
Co-production Israel-Germany-France; Bridgit Folman Film Gang / Les Films d'Ici / Razor Film / Arte France / ITVS International
Genre
Animation. Drama. War | Biography. Adult Animation. Lebanese War
Synopsis / Plot
One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts.
The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images...

The title refers to an Israeli soldier losing it and firing all around himself on a street papered with posters of the just-assassinated Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel.
Awards
2008: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
2008: Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Picture
2008: Annie Awards: 4 nominations, including Best Film & Best Directing
2008: 2 Nominations for BAFTA: Best Foreign Language Film and Best Animation Film
2008: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Animated Film & Best Documentary
2008: Nominated for Palme d´Or (Golden Palm) in el Cannes Film Festival
2008: Gijon Film Festival: Best Art Direction
2008: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Animation
2008: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film. 2 Nominations
2008: César awards: Best Foreign Film
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Animated Feature
2008: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best International Independent Film
2008: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director / Documentary
2008: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Documentary Screenplay
Critics' reviews
  • "A devastating animated film (...) Folman is an Israeli documentarian who has not worked in animation. Now he uses it as the best way to reconstruct memories, fantasies, hallucinations, possibilities (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)"
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