Foxtrot 2017

Directed by Samuel Maoz Fresh

An Israeli family wrestles with loss as soldiers at a remote checkpoint battle ennui in this daring, visionary tragidrama from the director of Lebanon. Winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize.

Jul 27

Reading Cinema 5

Jul 30

Reading Cinema 5

Aug 09

Embassy Deluxe

Aug 12

Reading Cinema 5

Israel In Arabic, German and Hebrew with English subtitles
113 minutes CinemaScope/DCP
R13
violence, drug use & sexual material

Director/Screenplay

Producers

Michael Weber
,
Viola Fügen
,
Eitan Mansuri
,
Cedomir Kolar
,
Marc Baschet
,
Michel Merkt

Photography

Giora Bejach

Editors

Arik Lahav Leibovich
,
Guy Nemesh

Production designer

Arad Sawat

Costume designer

Hila Bargiel

Music

Ophir Leibovitch
,
Amit Poznansky

With

Lior Ashkenazi (Michael)
,
Sarah Adler (Dafna)
,
Yonatan Shiray (Jonathan)
,
Shira Haas (Alma)
,
Gefen Barkai (Squad Commander)
,
Dekel Adin (soldier rolling cans)
,
Shaul Amir (soldier with headphones)
,
Itay Exlroad (dancer soldier)
,
Danny Isserles (official military officer)
,
Itamar Rotschild (religion officer)
,
Roi Miller (military M.D)
,
Arie Tcherner (high ranking officer)
,
Yehuda Almagor (Michael’s brother)
,
Karin Ugowski (Michael’s mother)

Festivals

Venice
,
Telluride
,
Toronto
,
London 2017; Sundance
,
Rotterdam 2018

Awards

Grand Jury Prize
,
Venice Film Festival 2017

An unsettling vision of military service pervading everyday Israeli life, Samuel Maoz’s (Lebanon) visceral and startlingly unpredicable film centres on a Tel Aviv couple coping with the death of their son, a soldier stationed in the middle of nowhere.

“Maoz’s marvelous, harrowing drama about death and life in Israel marches boldly through the no-man’s-land between realism and surrealism. It’s a prize collection of paradoxes, combining an intimate, eviscerating depiction of parental grief over a serviceman’s death with an empathic, absurdist rendering of young Israeli Defence Force soldiers manning a remote and otherworldly roadblock…

Foxtrot carries the excitement and punch of a fearless writer-director tackling contemporary material with a bracing cocktail of potent traditional drama, wild black comedy, and serrated style. [It all] comes together as a complex plea for honesty, openness, frankness, and forgiveness. The movie is also, incidentally, a spectacularly effective antiwar film, focusing on the randomness and cruelty of life lived on military roads... Its final image registers like a blow to the chest. It’s a shot that should be seen around the world.” — Michael Sragow, Film Comment

“A formally gorgeous piece of work… [Foxtrot] contains some of the most striking, memorable imagery of the year… It’s a film designed to move you with its depiction of senseless tragedy but also to spark that part of your thinking process that only moviemaking can tap… This multi-talented filmmaker has taken that darkness and turned it into something unforgettable for everyone who sees it.” — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com