Gala Screening: Waltz With Bashir

Talk Tuesday 18th November, 2008

In competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this critically acclaimed animated feature delves into the repressed memory of director Ari Folman during his time in the Israeli Army fighting in the Lebanon War. Our collective amnesia of Folman’s real life horror is gradually exposed, through graphic novel-esque animation, to reveal a deeply personal and at times harrowing portrait of the futility of war.

Beginning with the riddle of his memory loss and recurring nightmares, Ari interviews his original comrades in a quest to piece together his latent traumatic past. Propelled by a soundtrack featuring some of the best in 80s pop nostalgia, Waltz with Bashir is described by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as “One of the most distinctive and fascinating releases of the year”.

Directed by Ari Folman
Israel 2008
Length: 90 mins

Waltz with Bashir will be officially released nationwide on Friday 21 November