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Samuel Maoz follows his striking debut feature, Lebanon, with the brilliant, wildly inventive Foxtrot, which won the Silver Lion at the Venice International Film Festival on its way to eight Israeli Ophir Awards, including best film.

It begins with the anguish of an Israeli couple, Michael and Dafna, informed that their son has been killed in the line of duty, but then veers sharply to arrive at the remote desert checkpoint where he was deployed. The tiny contingent of soldiers stationed there check IDs, lift the gate for passersby, and sleep in a shipping container that lists heavily to one side. The tedium is broken only by the occasional passing camel—until a dramatic turn of events.

With bold, imaginative storytelling, Foxtrot employs a triptych structure that returns poignantly to Michael and Dafna and also includes a dance number, an animated sequence, and an uneasy blend of drama, emotion, irony, and wry humor. Where Maoz’s Lebanon contemplates confinement to a tank, Foxtrot examines humans confined to a fatalistic universe that—like the soldiers’ listing barracks—is ontologically off-balance, necessitating these absurd mechanisms of coping.

Fri. 1/19, 6:00 p.m., SLC Library, SLC
Tue. 1/23, noon, PC Library, PC
Fri. 1/26, 6:00 p.m., PC Library, PC
Sat. 1/27, 9:00 p.m., Sundance Resort, Provo

YEAR 2017

SECTION Spotlight

COUNTRY Israel

RUN TIME 113 min

LANGUAGE English and Hebrew/German

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Sony Pictures Classics

WEBSITE sonyclassics.com

EMAIL gillian_burz@spe.song.com

PHONE (212) 833-8849

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Samuel Maoz

Samuel Maoz was born in Tel Aviv. At 13, he received an 8mm camera, which led him to filmmaking. As a young soldier, Maoz trained as a gunner. That personal experience influenced his debut film, Lebanon, which won the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival. Foxtrot, Maoz's follow-up film, has received immense international acclaim, winning eight Israeli Ophir Awards and the 2017 Venice International Film Festival's Silver Lion.