The Films of Amos Gitai (DVD)

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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.


Kadosh
Cast
Uri Ran Klauzner
Yael Abecassis
Yoram Hattub
Meital Barda
Yussef Abu-Warda
Leah Koenig
Samuel Calderon

Crew
Cinematographer Renato Berta
Directed by Amos Gitai

"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
Kippur
Cast
Juliano Mer
Uri Ran Klauzner
Tomer Ruso
Liron Levo

Crew
Cinematographer Renato Berta
Composed by Jan Garbarek
Directed by Amos Gitai

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
Kedma
Cast
Juliano Mer
Yussef Abu-Warda
Veronica Nicole
Tomer Ruso

Crew
Directed by Amos Gitai

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
Cast
Menahem Golan
Michal Zoharetz
Samuel Calderon
Riki Gal
Leah Koenig
Amos Schub
Assi Dayan
Amos Gitai

Crew
Cinematographer Renato Berta
Directed by Amos Gitai

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
Yom Yom
Cast
Moshe Ivgy
Yussef Abu-Warda
Hanna Meron
Juliano Mer
Dalit Kahan
Natali Atiya
Keren Mor
Samuel Calderon

Crew
Directed by Amos Gitai

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
Alila
Cast
Keren Mor
Dalit Kahan

Crew
Directed by Amos Gitai

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
Kadosh

"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


Kippur

"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


Kedma

"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" ★ ★ ★ ½ Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice

  • Official Selection Cannes Film Festival

Devarim

"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

Yom Yom

"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


Alila

"(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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