Foxtrot

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    Foxtrot

    Directed by

    Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland

    2017

    114 min

    • German
    • Arabic
    • Hebrew

    Drama

    Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists which rival the surreal military experiences of his son.

    Awards

    • Best Director - Athens IFF
    • Israeli submission for the Academy Awards
    • HT Audience Award - Zagreb FF
    • Best Screenplay - IFFA Macao
    • The Ecumenical Jury Award, The Don Quijote Award of the IFFS - Fribourg IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Lior Ashkenazi
    Sarah Adler
    Yonatan Shiray
    Gefen Barkai
    Dekel Adin
    Shaul Amir
    Itay Exlroad
    Danny Isserles
    Itamar Rotschild
    Roi Miller
    Arie Tcherner
    Yehuda Almagor
    Shira Haas
    Karin Ugowski
    Screenplay
    Samuel Maoz
    Cinematography
    Giora Bejach
    Editing
    Arik Lahav Leibovich
    Guy Nemesh
    Music
    Ophir Leibovitch
    Amit Poznanky

    Director's Statement

    Einstein said that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. FOXTROT is a dance of a man with his fate. It’s a philosophical parable trying to deconstruct this vague concept called “fate” through a story about father and son. They are far from each other, but despite the distance and the total separation between them—they change each other’s destiny. The challenge I set for myself was to deal with the gap between the things we control and those that are beyond our control. At times, I chose to be intensive and combine criticism with compassion; at others, ironic but detached from time and place. The focus is not on the symptoms, but the philosophical idea of the film, the psychological state of the characters and how they deal with love and pain.

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    Press

    Samuel Maoz

    Samuel Maoz

    Israel

    Samuel Maoz was born in Tel Aviv. At 13, he received an 8mm camera, which led him to filmmaking. As a young soldier, Maoz trained as a gunner. That personal experience influenced his debut film, LEBANON, which won the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival. FOXTROT, Maoz's follow-up film, has received immense international acclaim, winning eight Israeli Ophir Awards and the 2017 Venice International Film Festival's Silver Lion.