24th Athens International Film Festival

Made in Israel

Based on a crazy screenwriting premise, Ari Folman enters absurdist territory as he tracks this unlikely group with a cynical sense of humor and a handful of pulp fiction references a la Tarantino, although his own approach often verges on the bitterly dramatic.

Syria delivers the last Nazi in the world to the Israeli authorities to be put on trial, but Danni Hoffman, the millionaire son of a Holocaust survivor, has his own reasons to demand Schultz’s punishment, worried justice will not be done. So he puts a contract out on his head, instigating a frantic manhunt led by Israeli military officers, Russian killers and other bizarre characters.

Based on a crazy screenwriting premise, Ari Folman enters absurdist territory as he tracks this unlikely group with a cynical sense of humor and a handful of pulp fiction references a la Tarantino, although his own approach often verges on the bitterly dramatic. Delivering killer one-liners, Folman’s characters often look like they just stepped out of a Jim Jarmusch movie or “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” for that matter, proving the Israeli director is perfectly capable of balancing extremities in style. K.S.

Πρωτότυπος τίτλος: Made in Israel

Σκηνοθεσία / Director: Ari Folman

Σενάριο / Screenwriter: Ari Folman

Φωτογραφία / DoP: Itzik Portal

Μουσική / Music: Berry Sakharof

Μοντάζ / Editor: Dov Stoyer

Ηθοποιοί / Principal Cast: Menashe Noy, Jenya Dodina, Jürgen Holtz, Sasson Gabai, Dror Keren, Igor Mirkurbanov

Ισραήλ / Israel
2001
Εγχρωμο / Color
114'
Αγγλικά, Ρωσικά, Εβραϊκά / English, Russian, Hebrew

* Screens on 19th September and 21st September


      Ari Folman: Memories from the Future

      Ari Folman: Memories from the Future

      The Congress

      The Congress

      Playing herself, Robin Wright is a middle-aged actress who sees her career in decline, while she's forced to deal with her son's health issues. That's when she's made an offer that's as tempting as it is nightmarish: to sell the grand total of her image and voice to the Miramount studios, without any control over the films her 3-dimensional, ageless self will appear in.

      Waltz With Bashir

      Waltz With Bashir

      A director, i.e. Ari Folman himself, listens to the confession of a friend and former comrade in the Israel–Hezbollah War about a recurring nightmare. Does it have to do with what happened during the war? And why does the director find it impossible to recall anything from that period?

      Saint Clara

      Saint Clara

      Clara has the ability to predict the future, including quiz questions, which she generously shares with her schoolmates out of sheer selflessness. But what happens when Clara falls in love?

      Comfortably Numb

      Comfortably Numb

      Folman captures personal testimonies, turning the camera on different people as they share their experiences, he wanders around the deserted nocturnal streets of the city sniffing out fear and he documents slivers of everyday life, sometimes seriously, sometimes with humor, but always with endless reserves of understanding.