Eight years after winning the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival with debut “Lebanon
,” Maoz is stirring things up again with his second feature, Israel’s “Foxtrot
,” which has been shortlisted for the Academy’s foreign-language Oscar.
As a youngster growing up in a small town outside of Tel Aviv, Maoz attended films with his father, who bought him an 8mm camera for his bar mitzvah. By the time of his mandatory military service, the young cinephile had already made dozens of amateur films.
Maoz’s stint in the Idf
coincided with the 1982 war in Lebanon, a traumatizing experience that colors his two features.
But, Maoz says, “As far as I’m concerned, ‘Lebanon’ is not a war movie, and ‘Foxtrot
’ is not a film about grief. I use extreme scenarios like war or grief to explore the human soul, to try to understand why we behave as we do — as individuals and, as a result