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Israeli Filmmakers Underscore Tragedy of Conflict with PalestineTim King Salem-News.com
Two award winning short films by Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv that every person should watch.
(TEL-AVIV / SALEM) - Two young Writer/Directors from Israel have been captivating audiences in recent years with their extremely creative look at the barriers separating the young people of Israel and Palestine.
Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv of Tel-Aviv Israel, graduated together from "Camera Obscurs Film School Tel-Aviv". They recently Made "Strangers", an unforgettable seven minute drama for 20th century Fox Searchlight. "Strangers" was accepted to the short competition at Sundance Film Festival 2004, and to the Berlin Film Festival's Panorama Competition.
The "Guardian" wrote: "mesmerising short fiction. Crackling with tension, conveyed through deft cutting and beautifully smeary, subterranean close-ups, this mini-thriller eschews dialogue in favour of eloquent, heart-thumping images. Worth the price of admission all on its own, frankly."
Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv have finished writing their first personal feature script "The son of god". A story about a 78-year old Holocaust survivor that goes on a "roots journey" with his religious Jewish son to snowy Poland to search after a magician.
Their two short movies Moosh & Mabul won over 40 international film festivals awards including: Berlin Film Festival - "Crystal Bear" award, "World fest" in Houston, Palm springs, Mexico, Dawson City in Canada, Durango Colorado, Santiago de Chile and many more.
I recently discovered the work of this talented pair, and it is interesting to see Israeli filmmakers looking at the Palestine/Israel conflict in a way that magnifies the tragedy and loss, while underscoring how pointless it is for the Jews and Arabs to be on opposing sides in the first place.
Here is the seven minute film, 'Strangers'
Another short film, Offside, is the second short film in the trilogy by Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv that is based on the Middle East conflict.
They describe this short as a follow-up to their last short film Strangers, Offside was shot in Israel, during September 2005, in the security zone that separates Israel from the Palestine Authority.
Here is the short film, 'Offside'
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