Waltz With Bashir
ואלס עם באשיר
2008, Ari Folman, Israel/France/Germany, 90 min.
- Sat, Oct 14th 6:30pm
- Tue, Oct 17th 6:00pm
“Not only unique but exemplary, a work of astonishing aesthetic integrity and searing
moral power.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
A search for obscured history is at the core of director Folman’s Oscar-nominated and crushingly powerful animated memoir of Israel’s 1982 Lebanon war, a film that redefines the term guilt trip as a mind-blowing journey to the acceptance of personal responsibility within a vast sea of collective blame. Utilizing starkly evocative animation, lurid colors, and ironically pounding pop tunes, the now middle-aged director depicts fantasies, recurring nightmares, interviews, and flashbacks in order to plumb the source of the mysterious amnesia that surrounds the passive complicity of his Israeli army unit in the horrific massacre of Palestinian civilians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. In Hebrew, Arabic, German, and English with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)
Tuesday, October 17: Lecture by film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.