Is­raeli movie ‘Fox­trot’ is fron­trun­ner for top prize at Venice Film Fes­ti­val

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(JNS.org) The Is­raeli film “Fox­trot” is a fron­trun­ner at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val to win the Golden Lion award, the event’s top prize.

The film, which is par­tially in­flu­enced by di­rec­tor Sa­muel Maoz’s own mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence in the IDF, de­tails the story of an af­flu­ent Tel Aviv cou­ple that is in­formed its young son, a sol­dier, has been killed in the line of duty at an iso­lated road­block in Is­rael’s Negev desert.

Crit­ics at the Ital­ian fes­ti­val have praised Fox­trot, while in Is­rael, Maoz has been re­proached for his de­pic­tion of the IDF and the ef­fect that decades of con­flict have had on the Is­raeli pop­u­la­tion.

“I could cre­ate a [story of] hor­ri­ble crime in the Is­raeli po­lice and no­body would say [any­thing],” Maoz, The As­so­ci­ated Press said. “But if you touch the army, this is very, very sen­si­tive.”

Fox­trot’s nom­i­na­tion for the film fes­ti­val’s top prize comes eight years af­ter Maoz’s de­but fea­ture film, the crit­i­cally ac­claimed “Lebanon,” won the Golden Lion award. Fox­trot pre­mieres at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val Sept. 2 be­fore it is screened at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Sept. 7.

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