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Release Date: December 25th, 2008

DVD Release Date: June 23rd, 2009

R|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed and stars in this autobiographical animated film. As a 19-year-old infantry soldier in the 1982 war with Lebanon, Folman witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre, but realizes that he has no memory of the event. In 2006, he seeks out others who were in Beirut at the time to discuss their memories, including a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorders and the first journalist to cover the massacre.

Cast: Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ari Folman, Dror Harazi, Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon

Director: Ari Folman

Genres: Documentary, War, Biography, Drama, Animated

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: Soldier, Creative, 2000s, Growing up, Transformation, 1980s, Pursuit

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  • An absolute stunner, a feature-length animated documentary, from Israel, in which the force of moving drawings amplifies eerily powerful accounts of war, shaky remembrance and rock-solid repression. show more

  • The chosen style of animation leads to a distracting choppiness that renders the movements, gestures and facial expressions of the interviewees unconvincing. The other problem is that, memory naturally being something that returns in fits and starts, the film is rarely able to sustain any consistent narrative thrust. show more

  • This psycho-thriller, a Golden Globe winner and presumptive favorite for the foreign-film Oscar, itself is revelatory. show more

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Winner Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Nominated Animated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Foreign Language Film