Monday, December 08, 2008

Waltz Wins

Congratulations to Ari Folman, director/producer of Waltz with Bashir. This movie is a must see, and was justly rewarded this week with the prestigious IDA Documentary Award. When I saw the film I wondered how it would be categorized. It's not exactly a documentary, since it is animated. But it re-creates documentary style interviews throughout, so I guess it could be considered a documentary. The animation is other-worldly, and is used to delve into the subconscious of an Israeli traumatized by his experiences in the First Lebanon War. These re-creations take you into the heart of war-torn Lebanon by navigating the shadowy crevices of the human mind. In doing so, this picture does more than tell a great story, it stretches the limits of what is possible in cinema.

Here is the trailer, but do yourself a favor, and go see the whole thing:

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