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Do Not Use · 3rd December 2009
Cortes Cinema Club
Movie Night: Tuesday December 8:

Manson's Hall: doors open 7 pm, show starts 7:30
Gourmet snacks available
Admission $7

When Israeli documentary film-maker Ari Folman set out to make an animated documentary, he was told that there is no such thing! This film is totally original and creative, even if you are not normally a fan of animated films or war movies. This is a very personal exploration of the experience of being a soldier, which makes a strong anti-war statement without delving into politics.

In 1982 Folman was a 19-year-old soldier who participated in the war with Lebanon but has virtually no memory of the events. Now in his forties, he searches out his former fellow soldiers, hoping that by collecting their memories he will be able to recreate his own. We meet the characters both as they are now and as they were then, all hand-drawn.

The idea was born one night at a bar when an old friend tells 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. Intrigued by this riddle, Folman 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.

Waltz with Bashir was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and has been winning awards around the world, including:
Cannes Golden Palm Award
Golden Globe Best Foreign Film
National Society of Film Critics USA Best film
Writers Guild of America Eest Documentary Screenplay

The film is 90 minutes long. The version we are screening is in English and there will also be English subtitles for those who are hard of hearing or find it hard to follow the speakers with Israeli accents.