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Plot, Details & Awards

Waltz with Bashir

Rated R for some disturbing images of atrocities, strong violence, brief nudity and a scene of graphic sexual content.

R In Theaters 12/25/2008 , 87min.
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Plot & Details

Director Ari Folman's animated, quasi-documentary Waltz With Bashir follows the filmmaker's emotional attempt to decipher the horrors that unfolded one night in September of 1982, when Christian militia members massacred more than 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the heart of Beirut as Israeli soldiers surrounded the area. Folman was one of those soldiers, but nearly 20 years after the fact, his memories of that night remain particularly hazy. After hearing an old friend recall a vivid nightmare in which he is pursued by 26 ferocious dogs, Folman and his friend conclude that the dream must somehow relate to that fateful mission during the first Lebanon War. When Folman realizes that his recollections regarding that period in his life seem to have somehow been wiped clean, he travels the world to interview old friends and fellow soldiers from the war. Later, as Folman's memory begins to emerge in a series of surreal images, he begins to uncover a truth about himself that will haunt him for the rest of his days.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Animated Feature Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Robert Bell Won

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

AFI Fest

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 AFI Fest Film Presented Nominated
2008 AFI Fest Film Presented Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Animated Feature Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Won
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Cannes Film Festival In Competition Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature Nominated

International Documentary Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 International Documentary Association IDA Feature Documentary Award Won

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