WAR MATADOR
 
     
 
     
Directors: Avner Faingulernt & Macabit Abramson
Category: Creative Documentary / History & Current Affairs.
Production: Israel 2011
Language: Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitles: English
Length: 60 / 70 minutes.
   
Synopsis:
 
In January 2009, during the war in Gaza, two courageous Israeli directors grabbed their cameras to shoot material along the common border. The bombs are filmed from a distance, out of focus and at extreme focal length – the tourists’ point of view. The impact of the bombs in the distance is muffled, which is why the visual opposition between close up/long shot draws the attention to the spoken words, which are blunt, without compassion. The result of their journey is a disturbing essay about war and tourism, an absurd, surreal journey.
 
Web site:  
Press Reviews: * New Israeli Cinema from Gaza and Sderot - Maysles Institute / Maysles Institute
* Guerrilla Filmmaking: From Down Under: a Cinematic View of the South of Israel / Uri S. Cohen, Columbia University, NYC
* Interview with Israeli Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt / Cinespect - Views on the NYC Film Scene
* About ''War Matador'' / Takriv Documentary Cinema Magazine (Hebrew)
Festivals:
  • Best Feature-Length Film Award: TRANZYT International Documentary Film Festival - Poland 2012
  • International Competition: TRT 2012 Documentary Awards - Turkey 2012
  • International Competition: DMZ Docs Korean Documentary F.F. - South Korea 2012
  • International Competition: DOK Leipzig Documentary Film Festival - Germany 2011
  • International Competition: CWFF Cape Winelands Film Festival - South Africa 2012
  • ''Krakow Documentary Premiere'': Krakow Film Festival - Poland 2012
  • Closing Film: LIDF London International Documentary Film Festival - U.K. 2012
  • Closing Film: LPFF London Palestinian Film Festival - U.K. 2013
  • ''World Cinema'': DIFF Delhi International Film Festival - India 2012
  • ''New Israeli Cinema'' mini Film Festival, Phnom Penh - Cambodia 2012
  • ''New Israeli Cinema from Gaza and Sderot'': Maysles Cinema/Maysles Institute, New York - U.S.A. 2012
  • ''State (T)error'': Milano Film Festival - Italy 2012
  • BAFICI Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival - Argentina 2013
  • VTIFF Vermont International Film Festival - USA 2012
  • SønDok (SunDoc) EDN international screening series, Copenhagen - Denmark 2012
  • IFFB Israeli Independent Film Festival in Berlin - Germany 2012 
  • Jewish Motifs International Film Festival - Poland 2012
  • Filmisreal! Film Festival - The Netherlands 2012
  • Jerusalem Film Festival - Israel 2011
  • Cinema South Festival - Israel 2011  
   

 

     
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