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Foxtrot

Foxtrot

Synopsis

Director

Former Golden Lion winner Samuel Maoz delivers a shattering portrait of a family grieving the death of their son in „Foxtrot“.
Assembled like a complex puzzle, each piece painstakingly fashioned with obsessive care and admirable economy, structured like a three-act tragedy with brief prologue and epilogue bookends, Maoz’ film starts with an announcement of a death foretold and ends with the death itself. The plot moves from the comfortable Tel Aviv home of the Feldman family to a remote checkpoint in the middle of nowhere and then back to the Feldman home for the final unravelling. Though it is all about mourning and loss, Maoz’ script reaches way beyond, unveiling in each one of his leading characters deep layers of past guilt that might have never been revealed in normal circumstances.
As for the straightforward, natural, unpretentious demeanor of inexperienced Shiray playing their son, it provides just the right contrast between the two generations.
Israel has submitted the film as a candidate for foreign language film Oscar.
Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

Samuel Maoz

(b. 1962) studied cinematography at the Beit Tzvi school. He has worked as a production designer in film and television, and has also directed documentaries, television series and theatre productions. His first feature film „Foxtrot“ won Venice Film Festival and was screened also at PÖFF programme 2009. „Foxtrot“ is Maozi’s second full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Levanone (Liibanon, PÖFF 2009)
  • Foxtrot (2017)

Schedule

20.11.2017
20:30 - 22:24
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 040504
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25.11.2017
17:45 - 19:39
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 090702
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26.11.2017
17:15 - 19:09
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 101801
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Screen International Critics' Choice

Film info

Countries: Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland
Year: 2017
Duration: 114 minutes
Languages: Hebrew, Arabic, German
Director: Samuel Maoz
Producers: Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Eitan Mansuri, Jonathan Doweck, Marc Baschet, Cedomir Kolar, Michel Merkt
Writer: Samuel Maoz
DOP: Giora Bejach
Montage: Arik Lahav Leibovich, Guy Nemesh
Composers: Ophir Leibovitch, Amit Poznanky
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonatan Shiray
Production: Pola Pandora Filmproduktions GmbH
Festivals: Venice (Silver Lion - Best Director), Toronto, London

Synopsis

Director

Former Golden Lion winner Samuel Maoz delivers a shattering portrait of a family grieving the death of their son in „Foxtrot“.
Assembled like a complex puzzle, each piece painstakingly fashioned with obsessive care and admirable economy, structured like a three-act tragedy with brief prologue and epilogue bookends, Maoz’ film starts with an announcement of a death foretold and ends with the death itself. The plot moves from the comfortable Tel Aviv home of the Feldman family to a remote checkpoint in the middle of nowhere and then back to the Feldman home for the final unravelling. Though it is all about mourning and loss, Maoz’ script reaches way beyond, unveiling in each one of his leading characters deep layers of past guilt that might have never been revealed in normal circumstances.
As for the straightforward, natural, unpretentious demeanor of inexperienced Shiray playing their son, it provides just the right contrast between the two generations.
Israel has submitted the film as a candidate for foreign language film Oscar.
Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

Samuel Maoz

(b. 1962) studied cinematography at the Beit Tzvi school. He has worked as a production designer in film and television, and has also directed documentaries, television series and theatre productions. His first feature film „Foxtrot“ won Venice Film Festival and was screened also at PÖFF programme 2009. „Foxtrot“ is Maozi’s second full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Levanone (Liibanon, PÖFF 2009)
  • Foxtrot (2017)