House (Bait)

1980 | Documentary | Runtime 51' | 16 mm | B&W


Amos Gitai: Territories
3 DVD NTSC Zone 1
Facets (USA)
Subtitles: English
Amos Gitai : Territoires
3 DVD PAL Zone 2
Arte Vidéo (France)
Subtitles: German, English, French
Amos Gitai: House / A House in Jerusalem
1 DVD NTSC Zone 1
Facets (USA)
Subtitles: English
1 VHS Secam
K-Films (France)
Subtitles: French

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House is the story of a house in West-Jerusalem: abandoned during the 1948 war by its owner, a Palestinian doctor; requisitioned by the Israeli government as "vacant'; rented to Jewish Algerian immigrants in 1956; purchased by a university professor who undertakes its transformation into a patrician villa... The building site is like a theatre in which the former inhabitants, the neighbours, the workers, the builder and the new owner all appear. Israeli television censured the film.

"Gitai wants this house to be both a symbol and something very concrete; he wants it to become a character in a film. He achieves one of the most beautiful things a camera can register 'live', as it were; people who look at the same thing but see different things - and who are moved by that vision. In this crumbling shell of a house, real hallucinations begin to take shape. The film's central idea is simple and the film has simply the force of that idea, no more, no less."
Serge Daney, Libération, March 1st, 1982

Cinematography Emanuel Aldema Sound Oded Hornik Editing Rina Ben Melech Production Channel 1 TV

Berlin International Film Festival / Berlinale 1982
Rotterdam International Film Festival 1982