“Lebanon” – another Israeli movie headed for the Oscars?

After the great Israeli movies that have hit the screens over the last few years (including Beaufort and Waltz with Bashir, each of which has gone on to glory or near-glory at Cannes and even the Oscars), it’s time for yet another cracking war film based on a true story…

Lebanon, another film about the 1982 war in, er, Lebanon, and another story told through a soldier’s personal experiences (as per Waltz with Bashir but this time without the animation) won first prize at the Venice Film Festival yesterday. The festival jury included legendary director Ang Lee, so there’s some real credibility behind this award.

Lebanon looks like another great movie, full of drama, war and plenty of action. Although the movie itself is an anti-war movie, the story revolves around a tank crew in Lebanon, told through the eyes of Shmulik (the director Samuel Maoz). Much of the story is told within the confines of the tank itself, as the crew, who previously don’t know each other, have to bond and become a team under very trying circumstances.

It’s already getting some amazing reviews: the New York Times called Lebanon “an astonishing piece of cinema” while Variety described the film as the boldest and best of the recent wave of Israeli movies.

I’m not sure if it’s the boldest and best Israeli movie of recent times, but I’m really looking forward to this one, if the trailer is anything to go by (see below – currently only available in Hebrew but when a sub-titled version hits YouTube I will post it here)…

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