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Amos Gitai to compete for the Golden Lion

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- New film by the seasoned Israeli filmmaker, Rabin, the Last Day, will travel to the Lido, alongside Hadar Morag’s Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me and Yaelle Kayam's Mountain

Amos Gitai to compete for the Golden Lion
Amos Gitai's Rabin, the Last Day

The Lido has become a second home for Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai, who has returned to the Venice International Film Festival for four years in a row now. He presented Lullaby to My Father [+see also:
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at the festival in 2012, Ana Arabia [+see also:
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in 2013, Tsili [+see also:
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in 2014 and this year he will premiere his latest film, Rabin, the Last Day [+see also:
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Selected for the Golden Lion competition, Rabin, the Last Day recounts the final moments of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli prime minister assassinated in 1995 by Yigal Amir, a right-wing Israeli radical who opposed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The film- co-written by Gitai and Marie-Jose Sanselme and including archival footage of Rabin’s death- stars Yogev Yefet as Amir and famous former soccer player, Motaleh Spiegler, as Rabin (complemented by authentic footage of the PM), as well as Gitai’s usual collaborators Liron Levo, Yael Abecassis and Tomer Russo. Rabin, the Last Day is a French-Israeli co-production staged by LGM Cinéma, Les Films du Worso, Le Pacte (which will also distribute it in France) and United King Films.

The Orizzonti competition will also welcome Israeli films this year. Hadar Morag’s Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me [+see also:
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tells the story of Nur, a boy rejected from the fringes of society, who meets Gurevitch, an enigmatic man who dominates the back alleys of a filthy city and under whose wing he instils himself. The film, also a co-production between Israel (Cassis Films) and France (EZ Films), is the first feature film by Morag, whose short film Silence was selected for the Cinéfondation at Cannes in 2008. Lastly, Israeli actress-turned-director Yaelle Kayam’s feature debut, Mountain [+see also:
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, co-produced by Israel's July August Productions and Denmark’s Windeløv/Lassen Productions, will also be in the section. The story follows a devout Jewish woman living with her family in the Jewish cemetery on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives who, one day, has an experience she finds difficult to forget.

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