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  • Production: Agav Films
    Producer: Michel Propper
  • Starring: Juliano Mer, Liron Levo, Tomer Ruso, Uri Ran Klauzner
  • Written By: Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme
  • Distributed By: Kino Lorber
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Kippur

Narrative | 2000 | 110 min.
Directed by: Amos Gitai

Based on director Amos Gitai's own experiences as a member of a helicopter rescue crew during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, this story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. We are led by Weinraub and his friend Ruso on a day that begins with quiet city streets, but ends with death, destruction and devastation of both body and mind. Various scenes are awash in the surreal, as Weinraub's head hangs out over a rescue helicopter's open door, watching with tranquil desperation as the earth passes beneath, the overpowering whir of the blades creating a hypnotic state. It is not a traditional blood, guts and glory film. There are no battle scenes or glorious deaths; only the rescue crew trying to pick up the pieces.

For more information visit the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

"A classic war film, at once elegiac and immediate, that takes you smack into the chaos of combat yet is marked by a detached perspective." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"As bloody or breathtaking or heroic as these gussied-up Hollywood depictions of armed human conflict might try to be, none of them capture the true hellacious chaos of war like Israeli director Amos Gitai's Kippur." - Steve Tilley, Jam! Movies

*Won - Israeli Academy Awards - Best Sound
*Nominated - Israeli Academy Awards - Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film
*Won - Cannes Film Festival - Fran├žois Chalais Award
*Nominated - Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
*Nominated - Political Film Society - PFS Award 

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