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Kippur (2000)


1h 57min | Action, Drama, War 

When the Yom Kippur War breaks out, two Israeli soldiers find themselves unable to locate their unit. Eager to take part in the war effort, they join an airborne medical evacuation unit.

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1973. The country is quiet, it is Yom Kippur. When the war breaks out, Weinraub and his friend Ruso race out to the Golan Heights to join their unit. Chaos reigns everywhere. They cannot find their unit, so decide to join an Air Force emergency first-aid unit. A few days later, a missile shoots down their helicopter over the Golan Heights.

"Throughout the film, the viewer remains locked in this absurd question: are we in the war or is that happening somewhere else, off-screen, or was it happening just before the camera got there? We never know for certain and then we realise that this uncertainty is in fact the most profound truth of war, as cinema has hardly ever shown it, with a force and an intensity that takes your breath away. (...) The principle for filming warfare in Kippur is simple, limpid. Favouring real time spaces, (...) making the camera an extra person walking with the soldiers, running behind the others to get on the helicopter before it takes off. The viewer is inside the war while remaining outside the group, accompanying them. Never does the film encourage in the viewer that fantasy of being one of them." Charles Tesson, Cahiers du cinéma, n°549, September 2000

Cast Liron Levo, Tomer Ruso, Uri Ran Klauzner, Yoram Hattab, Guy Amir

Director Amos Gitai

Screenplay Amos Gitai, Marie-José Sanselme

Cinematography Renato Berta

Production design Miguel Markin

Editing Kobi Netanel, Monica Coleman 

Music Jan Garbarek

Sound Eli Yarkoni, Alex Claude, Cyril Holtz, Philippe Amouroux, François Fayard, François Lepeuple

Camera and Electrical Department Gal Altschuler, Miki Berdougo, Adi Borkin, Philippe Cadeau, Nickol De-Castro, Ofer Dori, Noam Eisenberg, Yehuda Sar-Israel, Moshe Shabbat, Floris Sybesma, Jean-Paul Toraille, Choresh Wald, Gaby Weismann

Colorist Pasquale Cuzzupoli

Costumes Laura Dinolesko

Makeup Department Moni Mansano

Casting Ilan Moscovitch

Executive producer(s) Laurent Truchot, Shuki Friedman

Producer(s) Amos Gitai, Michel Propper

Associate Producer(s) Tilde Corsi, Gianni Romoli, Michael Tapuach


Cannes : Festival de Cannes 2000 - Official selection, in competition. François Chalais Award
Telluride Film Festival 2001
New York Film Festival 2001

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