Waltz with Bashir
Filmfest 2008

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images … Production took four years from the moment research began until the final cut. Research was conducted for a whole year, during which dozens of testimonies from the First Lebanon War were gathered. The title refers to Bashir Gemayel, commander of the Christian Phalangist troops in Lebanon, who was killed by a bomb in 1982, prompting the massacres of Sabra and Shatila.

tags: Animation, Documentary


Director: Ari Folman