Lebanon

Maoz Shmulik

In his autobiographic film Lebanon, director Samuel Maoz looks back on to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. An ethnic cleansing operation in the city degenerates into a chaotic nightmare. As a claustrophobic tour de force, the whole movie takes place inside an army tank.

The tank’s crew is ordered to assist in the invasion of a small city. Inside the tank are four Israeli soldiers: Shmuel, Assi, Herzl and Yigal, all in their twenties, who have never been engaged in violence. Driven by fear and the fundamental instinct to survive, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the ravages of war. The entire movie is shot inside the tank, and just like the soldiers the viewer can only catch a glimpse of the outside world through the sight.
Lebanon received the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. 

Credits

Subtitles
NL
Director
Maoz Shmulik
Country
France, Germany, Israel, Lebanon
Type
Fiction
Duration
93 minutes
Themes
war & armed conflict
Year
2009