Vals im Bashir / Waltz with Bashir
Israel / France / Germany / USA / Finland / Switzerland / Belgium / Australia / 2008 / Hebreo, árabe, alemán e inglés con subtítulos en español e inglés / 87
Ari Folman, Yael Nahlieli
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A pack of ferocious dogs chase a man who runs for his life. This is the haunting opening scene of Vals con Bashir. What we are witnessing is a recurring nightmare a friend of Ari Folman, the film’s director, has and that he suspects has something to do with his actions during the Sabra and Shatila massacre of 1982 in The Lebanon, which was endorsed by the Israeli Defense Forces both men belonged to. Folman is troubled to realize he can’t remember anything about the massacre and in an effort to uncover the truth about what happened, he looks up old friends who gradually trigger his memory. Admittedly, this isn’t the first time a documentary filmmaker has used animation, but Vals con Bashir, released in 2008, set the bar. Nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, this provocative production is a veritable crucible of formats, genres and recourses.
Ari Folman’s graduate film, Comfortably Numb (1991) won the Israeli Academy award for Best Documentary. Between 1991-1996 Ari Folman directed documentary specials for TV. In 1996 he wrote and directed Saint Clara, a feature film based on a novel by the Czech author Pavel Kohout.