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by Guy Nattiv


The “fog of war” evoked by Prussian general von Clausewitz and referenced in the title of the well-known documentary about ex-US Secretary of State Robert McNamara, becomes the “smoke of war” in this meticulous reconstruction of the Yom Kippur War in October 1973 from the perspective of Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth prime minister and the first woman to hold the post, Labour party member and chain smoker. Smoke envelops her constantly, seemingly bringing the acrid smell of the off-screen battle between the Israeli, Egyptian and Syrian forces straight into the offices and war room where Meir discusses and directs military strategy; and into the enquiry commission where she would account for decisions that led to victory but wounded or cost the lives of thousands.

international title: Golda
original title: Golda
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: Embankment Films
year: 2023
genre: fiction
directed by: Guy Nattiv
film run: 100’
screenplay: Nicholas Martin
cast: Helen Mirren, Liev Schreiber, Camille Cottin, Ellie Piercy, Rami Heuberger
cinematography by: Jasper Wolf
film editing: Arak Lahav-Leibovich
art director: Arad Sawat
costumes designer: Sinéad Kidao
music: Dascha Dauenhauer
producer: Michael Kuhn, Nicholas Martin, Jane Hooks
co-producer: Gavin Glendenning
production: Qwerty Films, Perfume Films

Photogallery 20/02/2023: Berlinale 2023 - Golda

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Guy Nattiv, Helen Mirren, Lior Ashkenazi
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