For many Israelis, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 marked a grim turning point for their country. In the words of the commission set up to investigate the murder, "Israeli society [would] never be the same again. As a democracy, political assassination was not part of our culture." In the eyes of even more people, the murder ended all hope for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process through the Oslo Accords and altered the course of history. But, as Amos Gitaï sets out to prove in his brave and provocative new film, Rabin's assassination was not just the act of one fanatic; it was the culmination of a hate campaign that emanated from the rabbis and public figures of Israel's far right.
- Special Mention (ARRI/OSRAM Award) - Filmfest München
- Amos Gitai
- Marie-Jose Sanselme
- Eric Gautier
- Yuval Orr
- Amit Poznansky
- INDIE SALES
- AGAV FILMS
An earnest, forensic examination into the slaying of the Israeli Prime Minister.
Long but enlightening.
With the portrait of a courageous man who fought for his convictions and lost his life trying to give peace a chance the film sends a powerful message that does not only concern the Middle East - but us all.
The work of Amos Gitai spans 41 years and includes over 80 films. While his output and longevity are striking, most impressive is the diversity of his body of work – video productions, theatre pieces, and books. However, his diversity is kept balanced by an overarching coherence. Over the years, Amos Gitai has ceaselessly examined and reexamined the fundamental elements that link his works; overlapping them, mirroring them, and finding different ways – physical and imaginary – to enquire into the territories and questions his work addresses. He was born in Israel to a Bauhaus architect, Munio Weinraub, and an intellectual, Efratia Gitai, a secular teacher of Biblical texts. As a young soldier sent to the theatre of war in Golan in 1973 and confronted with the growing strength of the Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation, Amos Gitai experienced decisive moments personally. Other experiences included his training and first vocation as an architect, whose influence is ever-present in his films. Amos Gitai resides in Haifa and Paris. He is one of the most respected filmmaker on the international scene and through his work constantly explores new narrative and stylistic methods while keeping a close relationship to contemporary reality, even when his scripts take detours into the mythical past.
His film WEST OF THE JORDAN RIVER was selected as a part of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes 2017.