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LEBANON

by Samuel Maoz

synopsis

The First Lebanon War, June, 1982. A lone tank and a platoon of paratroopers are dispatched to search a hostile town that has been bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. The mission gets out of control and turns into a death trap. Night falls and the wounded troops remain trapped in the center of a town in ruins, unable to communicate with the central command and surrounded by Syrian commandos closing in on all sides. Shmulik the gunner, Assi the commander, Herzl the loader and Yigal the driver, are four 20 year old boys, operating a killing machine. They are not courageous war heroes, eager for battle or self-sacrifice. All they have is a terrible fear of death.

international title: Lebanon
original title: Levanone
country: Israel, Germany, France
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Samuel Maoz
release date: IT 23/10/2009, GR 21/01/2010, FR 03/02/2010, BE 17/03/2010, UK 09/04/2010, DE 14/10/2010
screenplay: Samuel Maoz, Maoz Shmulik
cast: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Zohar Shtrauss, Michael Moshonov
cinematography by: Giora Bejach
film editing: Arik Leibovitch
art director: Ariel Roshko
costumes designer: Laura Sheim
music: Nicolas Becker, Benoît Delbecq
producer: Anat Bikel, Leon Edery, Moshe Edery, Uri Sabag, Benjamina Mirnik
production: Ariel Films, Arsam, ARTE France Cinéma, Metro Communications, Zigota Ltd (IL)
backing: Israeli Film Fund
distributor: Bim Distribuzione, Hollywood Entertainment s.a., Abc Distribution, CTV International, Metrodome Distribution, Senator Filmverleih

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main awards/selection

Venezia 2009 In Competition
Golden Lion for Best Film
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