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Amos Gitai’s Rabin, The Last Day: The Moment Israeli Society Went Kaboom!

30 January 2016 1:08 PM, PST | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Amos Gitai. If you can recall when Vincent D'Onofrio was sexy, Gitai has that sort of confrontational charm. He turns you on while he sets you on edge, even at age 66.

One of Israel's most prolific directors, this constant provocateur has let loose with over 80 shorts, documentaries and narratives since 1972, many of them exploring Israel in an acutely critical manner, from Orthodox misogyny (Kadosh (1999)) to his war experiences during which he was wounded (Kippur (2000) ), to a story of a residence, from its Arab owners to the Israelis who took ownership (House (1980)). The latter documentary was made for Israeli TV but was deemed inappropriate, and if Gitai hadn't smuggled it out of the station, it would have been destroyed.

But since House, no government would think of messing with Gitai and his work, especially since his oeuvre has been acclaimed at such world-class venues as Cannes and the Venice Film Festival. »

- Brandon Judell

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Watch: Electrifying U.S. Trailer for Amos Gitai's Political Thriller 'Rabin, The Last Day' (Exclusive)

13 January 2016 6:20 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In "Rabin, The Last Day," director Amos Gitai combines archival footage and staged re-enactments to examine the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995, creating what The Playlist's Jessica Kiang called "a deeply absorbing... bold and declarative" political thriller—qualities on full display in the electrifying U.S. trailer. The film which screened in Venice and Toronto last year, comes to New York's Lincoln Plaza Cinema on January 29 from distributor Kino Lorber, with a planned national rollout to follow.  Read More: "Kino Lorber to Release Pioneering Silent Serial 'Fantômas'" Gitai, who served in a rescue unit in the 1973 Yom Kippur War (depicted in his film "Kippur"), uses the subject of Rabin's assassination—now more than twenty years distant—to pose provocative questions about the contours of a political culture in which such grave acts are »

- Matt Brennan

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