Born in Haifa in 1950, as the second son of architect Munio Weinraub and former Sionist activist Efratia Margalit. On the year of his birth, his parents changed the family name to “Gitai”, which is the Hebrew translation of the German name “Weinraub”. While he was a student in architecture, Amos Gitai joined the Yom Kippur war in 1973 as a reserve duty officer, and served as part of a helicopter rescue team. While serving during the war, he started filming with a 8mm camera his mother gave him as his birthday present. On his 23rd birthday, October 11th 1973, his helicopter was shot down by a Syrian missile. Among the 7 crews on board, 6 of them survived, including Gitai himself, who was inspired by this traumatic experience to quit architecture and move to filmmaking. He made a documentary on this incident and his fellow survivors, “Kippur: War Memories” in 1993, then a fictional recreation of it “Kippur” in 2000.
in 1979, Gitai directed his first feature-length documentary “House”… read more
oh, and i forgot to say that I find really wonderful the way after making a direct adapatation from devarim, the great novel by yakov shabtai, with yom yom Gitai used the material of another shabtai novel in order to make a completely different film (different from the previous film and from the shabtai novel as well) a very interesting transformative method... a must for the willing to be screenwriter.
rewatched yom yom few days ago. How I miss the time when Gitai was an adventurous filmmaker and every single film of him a surprise. how come that a director becomes an institution and loose all his courage? I think it's human but i find it hard to forgive anyhow (i hope this is human too :))