Is­real has lib­eral luvvies up in arms

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

A rum­ble is brew­ing be­tween Hol­ly­wood’s top lib­er­als. A few weeks back, a pe­ti­tion did the rounds ob­ject­ing to the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val’s de­ci­sion to in­clude a sea­son high­light­ing movies from Tel Aviv. Dis­tin­guished fig­ures such as Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Klein, David Byrne and, cru­cially, Jane Fonda got out their Biros and reg­is­tered their sup­port for a boy­cott. Then Sa­muel Maoz’s

Le­banon, an Is­raeli film con­cern­ing the 1982 in­va­sion of that coun­try, won the top prize at Venice and the coali­tion be­gan to un­ravel.

“The point of a film like mine is to open a di­a­logue, to get peo­ple talk­ing to each other about im­por­tant is­sues,” Maoz said. “Maybe I wouldn’t have won if Jane Fonda was on the jury, but she wasn’t.”

Fonda swal­lowed hard, apol­o­gised and de­clared that she had signed the doc­u­ment “without read­ing it care­fully enough, without ask­ing my­self if some of the word­ing wouldn’t ex­ac­er­bate the sit­u­a­tion rather than bring about constructive di­a­logue.” In­ter­est­ing stuff.

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