Film - CineMasters Competition Filmfest 2018


Directed by Samuel Maoz


Director: Samuel Maoz
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: Germany, France, Israel, Switzerland
Year: 2017
Language: Arabic, German, Hebrew
Version: Original version with German subtitles, Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonatan Shiray, Gefen Barkai



The foxtrot is, at its heart, a fairly simple dance: mostly two steps forward and two steps back. A similar lack of progress can be observed in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and even Michael and Daphne Feldmann can't do more than just move in place. They're told by the military that their son Jonathan was killed while serving at Foxtrot outpost, a surreal place where the gate has to be opened for camels as often as for cars. One day, a shot was fired there. Samuel Maoz's sketch of absurd and lethal stagnation received the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

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Samuel Maoz

Samuel Maoz, born in Tel Aviv in 1962, became hooked on filmmaking when was given an 8 mm camera at the age of 13. As a 20-year-old, he saw combat during the Israeli army's war in Lebanon. He subsequently trained as a camera operator, making documentary films, and worked as a production designer. His first feature film, LEBANON, which captured the confining perspective of soldiers in a tank, received the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.


Screenplay: Samuel Maoz
Director of Photography: Giora Bejach
Film Editor: Arik Lahav Leibovich, Guy Nemesh
Composer: Ophir Leibovich, Amit Poznansky
Production Designer: Arad Sawat
Costume Design: Hila Bargiel
Sound: Samuel Cohen, Alex Claude
Producer: Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Eitan Mansuri, Marc Baschet, Cedomir Kolar, Michel Merkt
Production Company: Spiro Films, Pola Pandora, A.S.A.P. Films KNM
Co-Producer: Jonathan Dowek, Jamal Zeinal Zade, Meinolf Zurhorst, Olivier Père, Rémi Burah, Dan Wechsler, Jim Stark
Co-Production Company: Bord Cadre Films, Arte France Cinéma
World Sales: The Match Factory
Distributor: NFP marketing & distribution GmbH