Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, October 01, 2010 – Sunday, October 10, 2010

 Detroit Film Theatre

Israel/2009—directed by Samuel Maoz (92 min.)

Like Waltz with Bashir, this electrifying thriller is based on the director’s own experiences serving in the Israeli army during the 1982 Lebanon war. But while Bashir was a quest for lost memories, Samuel Maoz uses his vivid recollections to bring us inside a single Israeli tank during the first 24 hours of the invasion. And when we say inside, we mean inside: taking his cue from such masters of claustrophobic intensity as Don Siegel and Sam Fuller, Maoz restricts the film’s action entirely to the tank’s interior, showing us the outside world only as the soldiers themselves see it—through the lens of a periscopic gun sight. The shatteringly intense result offers a one-of-a-kind snapshot of the camaraderie, terror, and gallows humor of wartime. An incredible experience. Grand Prize,Venice Film Festival. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

"Visceral filmmaking that packs every punch, Lebanon is the boldest and best of the recent mini-wave of Israeli films.” –Todd McCarthy, Variety
Friday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, October 8 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m.