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Foxtrot

  • Directed by Samuel Maoz
  • Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France, 2017, 108 mins. , Hebrew

Michael and Daphna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials inform them of the death of their son. Unable to find any solace in the well-meaning condolences of family, or in the military’s patriotic platitudes, Michael spirals into anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable turns—a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. Although tragedy is at the heart of the film, Foxtrot contains moments laced with mordant humor, irony, and emotional resonance as it explores the heartache of war and its far-reaching and unpredictable impacts. Winner of Israeli Ophir Awards for Best Film and Best Director, the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and this year’s Israel’s Oscar submission. (108 mins.) In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Filmography: Lebanon (2009), Total Eclipse (2000)

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Genres: Drama