War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness (The) (La Guerre des fils de lumière contre les fils des ténèbres)

2009 | Fiction | Runtime 101' | Vidéo | Colour

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A recording of his stage production at the Avignon Festival, Amos Gitai's La guerre des fils de lumière contre les fils des ténèbres is adapted from The Jewish War written by historian Flavius Josephus (1st century AD). This document recounts how the Hebrew state lost its sovereignty at the end of a war with the Romans, marked by the taking of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Temple, and the fall of Masada. In this staging at the Boulbon quarry, a magical mineral site in south Avignon, Jeanne Moreau sits at a table and takes on the role of the writer. She is accompanied by actors who play characters from the book in this lyrical and political meditation on the present-day Middle East. Amos Gitai feels Flavius Josephus' text «is one of his ghosts» and that it is important to make his voice heard again today.

Cast Jeanne Moreau, Jerome Koenig, Eric Elmosnino, Mireille Perrier,Gérard Benhamou, Shredy Jabarin, Menachem Lang Music Shahar Even Tzur (perc), Yahel Doron (g), Alexei Kotchetkov (v), Tamar Capsouto (chant) Lighting Jean Kalman Cinematography Robert Alazraki, Ben Gitai Sound Michel Kharat, Frederic Prin Editing Isabelle Ingold Literary advisor Marie José Sanselme Stage design advisor Chloé Obolenski Production Laurent Truchot In association with France Télévision, Centre national de la cinématographie

Locarno : Festival internazionale del film 2009 - Festival opening