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Lullaby to My Father, theatrical release in France on January, 16th, 2013
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"Architettura della memoria", a video installation by Amos Gitai at the Museo nazionale del cinema in Torino from November 4, 2011 to January 8, 2012
Located in the underground area of the Mole Antonelliana, the city's architectural landmark, the video installation titled "Architettura della memoria" is based on the figure of Amos Gitai's father, a renowned architect imprisoned by the nazis, and develops such themes as memory and the need for transmission. This installation will be accompanied by a film retrospective and a discussion with Amos Gitai on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 12 am to 1 pm.
More info on www.museonazionaledelcinema.it
"Traces" and "Correspondence": exhibits in Ein Harod, Israel
"In recent years I've been focusing on that family microcosm, both through my mother's letters in my film Carmel, and through my father's works. Most of my own works usually say something about a certain context, but now the context appears to be so chaotic I decided I want to say something about the tiniest microcosm, my parents," said Gitai.
The exhibit presents both Efratia, Amos Gitai's mother, a teacher born to parents from the Second Aliah, her intimate story and at once the story of the whole country through letters she wrote to family and friends through the years, and Munio, Amos Gitai's father, an architect trained at the Bauhaus in Dessau, and his contributions to the construction of the country with fragments of Lullaby to My Father, Amos Gitai's latest film.
Both exhibitions run parallel at Ein Harod Museum, Israel.
Download the press review (ZIP 2.80 Mb)
"Traces", an installation at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris
From February 5th to April 17th, 2011. A vast installation of exceptional density set in the basement of the Palais de Tokyo, a place where the Nazis stored the works of art spoliated from the Jews during German occupation.
"Traces" displays fragments of films by Amos Gitai projected onto the bare walls of the building, enveloping viewers in images and sounds.
"Traces" is conceived as an emotional and intimate experience within a collective history.
Download the press review (ZIP 1.00 Mb)
"Roses à Crédit" at the Toronto International Film Festival
The 35th Toronto International Film Festival will present Amos Gitai's new film Roses à crédit in the "Masters" programme. The films will be screened on September 12, 13 and 19.
More info on the festival website
"Carmel" at the MoMA, January 13-18, 2010
Starting January 13, 2010, the MoMA will present six screenings of Carmel. This event follows a retrospective of Amos Gitai's documentaries that was held at the MoMA in Fall 2008.
More info on the MoMA website
Read the review on the New York Times website
Munio Weinraub / Amos Gitai : Architecture and Film in Israel
From November 6, 2008 to February 8, 2009, the Museum of Architecture in Munich presents "Munio Weinraub / Amos Gitai - Architecture and Film in Israel", an exhibition dedicated to the films of Amos Gitai and the works of his father Munio Weinraub (1909-1970), an architect trained at the Bauhaus who moved to Palestine in 1934 and took an active share in the building of Israel. The juxtaposition and confrontation of the works of father and son provide an intensive insight into the developments and problems of Palestine und Israel.
More info on the Munich Pinakothek Website :
(Photo: Histadrut Tax Office, Kiryat Eliahu, Haïfa, 1964-65, © Gabriele Basilico)
Amos Gitai's documentaries at the MoMA
Under the title "Amos Gitai: Non-Fiction", the MoMA organizes a showcase of Amos Gitai's documentary films. The retrospective runs from October 24 to November 2, 2008.
More info on the MoMa website
One Day, You Will Understand... at the Toronto Film Festival
One Day You'll Understand will be shown at the TIFF 2008 (September, 4-13, 2008) on September, 5 and 6.
Find out more on the festival website
Amos Gitai receives the Leopard of Honor at LocarnoLast August 7, Amos Gitai received the Leopard of Honour at the 61st Locarno International Film Festival (August 6-16). This life-achievement award is offered in recognition of the work of renowned directors whose creativity has had an unquestionable impact on contemporary cinema. Some notable recipients include Hou Hsiao-hsien, Alexandre Sokourov, Abbas Kiarostami, Terry Gilliam, Ermanno Olmi, Jean-Luc Godard, Samuel Fuller, Manoel de Oliveira, Jacques Rivette... On this occasion, the festival has shown a selected retrospective of Amos Gitai's films. Amos Gitai has been a guest at Locarno on several occasions in the past to present his films and, in 1992, as a member of the jury.
One Day, You Will Understand... at the Berlinale
One Day You'll Understand, Amos Gitai's new feature films, is presented at the Berlin Festival in the "Berlinale Special" section.
Adapted from the biography of Jerôme Clément (Head of Arte TV), this project was produced for France Télévision by Images et Compagnie. Its cast includes Hippolyte Girardot, Emmanuelle Devos, Dominique Blanc et Jeanne Moreau. The screenings will be on Monday, Feb 11 à 9.30pm and Wednesday, Feb 13 at 5.30pm.
More info on the Berlinale website.
September 2007. Disengagement directed by Amos Gitai with Juliette Binoche, Liron Levo, Jeanne Moreau, Barbara Hendricks et Hiam Abbass was screened at the Venice Mostra and at the Toronto IFF. Theatrical release in France is due Spring 2008.
House, A House in Jerusalem and Amos Gitai's latest film News from Home / News from House: the documentary trilogy at the La Rochelle International Film Festival
In 1980, Amos Gitai shot a documentary film, House, which retraced the story of a house in West Jerusalem and of its Palestinian and Israeli owners from 1948 onward. Eighteen years after, Amos Gitai returned on the premises to observe the changes of its inhabitants and of the neighborhood : it is A House in Jerusalem. In 2005, with News from Home / News from House, he returns there to carry on his investigation.
With these three films, story meets history. The private destinies of the house's successive inhabitants follow the loops of the Palestinian and Israeli history. All the political, territorial and social dramas that have never ceased to tear the area for more than a half century, replay at the scale of a house.
- House and A House in Jerusalem
Saturday 1st July, 5:30pm, La Coursive, Salle bleue
- News from Home / News from House
Sunday 2nd July, 10:30pm, La Coursive, Salle bleue
Both screenings will be introduced by Amos Gitai.
More info on www.festival-larochelle.org
A transcript of the Conversation Amos Gitai / Peter Cowie, held during the Berlin European Film Festival on December 2, 2007, is now online.