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(2009)

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In the original Lebanese war, director Samuel Maoz was the gunner of his vehicle's four-man crew. He admits to killing a man during his tour of duty.
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Upon accepting his award at the Venice Film Festival, Samuel Maoz said "I dedicate this award to the thousands of people all over the world who, like me, come back from war safe and sound. Apparently they are fine, they work, get married, have children. But inside the memory will remain stabbed in their soul."
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Ang Lee was a very vocal supporter of the film at the Venice Film Festival where it received a standing ovation.
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In the late 2000s, this was the third film in as many years to focus on Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon. The other films are Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir (2008) and Joseph Cedar 's Beaufort (2007).
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Rejected for submission at both the Berlin and Cannes International Film Festival. The film went on to win the Golden Lion at Venice.
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After his wartime experiences, it took Samuel Maoz 25 years to actually be able to physically write a screenplay based on what he had witnessed. Every attempt he had made beforehand had made him vomit.
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One of the most jarring sound effects in the film - the banging on the outside of the tank - was achieved by Samuel Maoz banging on the side of the tank with an big iron bar.
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During filming, Samuel Maoz became feverish from an inexplicable foot infection. He woke up one day to find that five small pieces of shrapnel had fallen from his broken skin. Maoz is convinced that this was "the last testimony to the Lebanon War that [his] body suddenly decided to eject after 24 years".
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Writing the screenplay brought many memories back for director Samuel Maoz, the most telling being that he remembered the smell of burning flesh.
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The first Israeli-produced film to win the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.
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With the exception of three shots - the opening and two closing images - all the footage is shot from within the tank.
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Producer Uri Sabag died during the midst of production. The film is dedicated to his memory.
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The entire film was shot in and around Tel Aviv.
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The 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon (ostensibly in search of Palestinian guerrillas) is known as "Operation Peace for Galilee" in Israel and "The Invasion" in Arabic.
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The phosphor that is frequently referred to in the film is actually napalm.
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