A Film by: Gilberto Tofano
(Israel, 1969, 89 min, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Dahn Ben Amotz, Gila Almagor, Yehoram Gaon, Uri Sharoni, Raviv Oren).
Tamar lost her husband to the 1967 Six Day War, and now wants to put her pain behind her and find new love. However, her late husband's friends and family expect that she remains in mourning for the rest of her life in order to keep his memory alive.
Unlike most films made in Israel shortly after the 1967 war, Siege did not reflect the euphoria of victory, but succeeded in capturing feelings of fear and mourning.
The film had its world premiere in Competition at the 22nd Cannes Film Festival in 1969, and was later selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 42nd Academy Awards.
A Film by: Renen Schorr
(Israel, 1987, 101 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles)
Set just after the Six-Day War, in the shadow of the War of Attrition with Egypt, Late Summer Blues follows a group of high school graduates during the summer before they’re conscripted into the army. Restored after thirty years, this Israeli classic portrays the paradox of Israeli adolescence in raw, deeply human terms: the uncertainty, confusion, and playful embrace of the present are constantly tainted by the shadow of military service and the razor’s edge of anxiety, only somewhat tempered by days at the beach and rock music. Drawing from his own experiences, director Renen Schorr and writer Doron Nesher create a powerful and bitterly funny anti-war message by drawing on the restlessness of the young men and women as they cope with their growing fatalism.
AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENNINGS
• Cannes IFF 2017
• Israeli FF in Paris 2018
• NY FF 2018
• Gainseville JFF 2018
• Westchester JFF 2018
* Brooklyn IFF 2019