The Films of Amos Gitai (DVD)
Based in Israel, the United States and France, Gitai has produced an extraordinary, wide-ranging, and deeply personal body of work. In around 40 films, both in documentary and fiction form, Gitai has explored the layers of history in the Middle East and beyond through such themes as homeland and exile, religion, social control and utopia.
This all-new box set contains six previously released fiction films. Includes: DEVARIM (1995), YOM YOM (1998), KADOSH (1999), KIPPUR (2000), KEDMA (2002), and ALILA (2003).
DVD's also available individually.
"Incandescent" portrayals by two Israeli actresses illuminate the plight of women within Orthodox Judaism today. Using superb cinematography, ethnic music, and authentic Jerusalem locations, Israel's best known filmmaker renders a heartbreaking chamber story of two sisters and their broken marriages. Hands down the most internationally acclaimed and popular film ever from Israel. more info
Acclaimed filmmaker Amos Gitai's semi-autobiographical account of the 1973 Yom Kippur war from the point of view of a young soldier. Kippur is not a traditional "blood, guts and glory" war film. There are no men in battle, only the rescue crews trying to pick up the broken pieces. Kippur is the shell-shocked memoir of the director Gitai, himself a participant in the conflict, and of the days that changed his life forever. more info
May 1948, some days before the creation of the state of Israel. Upon arrival in Palestine, a boat of concentration camp survivors is confronted by hostile British soldiers. The hopeful emigrants have then to follow the Jewish forces to immediately take up arms against the Arabs. more info
DEVARIM is the first of Gitai's acclaimed trilogy of films about life in Israel's major cities (YOM YOM is set in Haifa and KADOSH is set in Jerusalem). Set in Tel Aviv during one very hot summer, it follows the intersecting lives of three young men: a photographer, a would-be musician, and a lawyer. more info
In YOM YOM, the second film in Amos Gitai's (DEVARIM, KADOSH) celebrated "City Trilogy," Israel's preeminent writer-director weaves, "a darkly comic tale of characters driven by divided loyalties and neurotic inhibitions" (THE VILLAGE VOICE) in the mixed nationality Mediterranean port city of Haifa. more info
Amos Gitai's ALILA tells the story of over a dozen distinct characters who inhabit an apartment complex located in a rundown neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel. more info
"The best Israeli film ever! Luminous...A fine film." - Richard Corliss, Time
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Toronto Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Telluride Film Festival
"A classic...takes you smack into the chaos of combat." - Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times
"Confirms Gitai as the finest filmmaker Israel has ever produced." - David Sterritt, The Christian Science Monitor
"In this visceral drama, traffic jams, trenches filled with corpses, and even the mud of the battlefield are imbued with existential angst, redeemed only by the men's somber tenderness toward each other." - Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
Francois Chalais Award Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival
"Combines brutal cinema verite, with passages of poetry. A tough, anguished reconstruction of an episode in the founding of Israel." A. O. Scott, The New York Times
"Amos Gitai’s visionary re-imagining of his country’s birth" ★ ★ ★ Â½ Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
- Official Selection Cannes Film Festival
"Israel's most internationally recognized filmmaker -- and its most controversial." - Robert Sklar, Film Comment
"Amos Gitai's most ambitious film to date...Handsomely photographed." - David Stratton, Variety
- Official Selection Venice International Film Festival
"A darkly comic tale. Gitai's genius is to show the conflict infiltrating every encounter, from the market place to the bedroom." - Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
"Lighted by...sparks of formal bravado that recall the old radicalism of the French New Wave." - A. O. Scott, The New York Times
"An offbeat, grimly funny look at the gradual wreckage of a man's life." - George Robinson, The Jewish Week
Best Israeli Screenplay Jerusalem Film Festival
Official Selection Thessaloniki Film Festival
"(3 1/2 Stars) "Boldly entertaining. Sexy, colorful and courageous..." - Newsday
"(3 Stars) A gritty slice of Tel Aviv life." - The New York Post
"An engaging subtly arresting drama. Captures the rhythms of the community with humor and humane spirit." - Time Out
"A wry comedy drama of contemporary Israel...Amos Gitai is back at the peak of his powers." - Jewish Week
"One of Gitai's most emotionally charged and accessible pictures..." - Screen International
- Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival
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