Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 25, 2008

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(Israel/2007) Directed by Joseph Cedar

In 2000, after holding it for eighteen years, the Israeli military made the decision to evacuate the ancient Southern Lebanese mountaintop fortress known as Beaufort, which it captured in 1982. Joseph Cedar’s gripping new film is a day-to-day and minute-by-minute dramatization – from the point of view of the soldiers – of the last days of that occupation, and of the delicate balance of resignation, anxiety and often shocking surprise that never loosened its grip until the very end. While the story is ripe for political analysis and discourse, director Cedar has instead fashioned something much closer to a pure combat film – one in which we get to know the individual soldiers and learn how much each has at stake. The tense, often breathless, tightly controlled atmosphere of Beaufort makes its inevitable violence that much more wrenching, and as the suspense increases and the film nears its conclusion, it becomes clear that we’re been witness to the emergence of a major new directorial talent. In Hebrew with English subtitles. (131 min.) Fri., Sat. and Sun at 7:00

“Powerful and confident… the final conflagration is a doozy.”        -Leslie Felperin, Variety