A recording of his stage production at the Avignon Festival, Amos Gitai’s La guerre des fils de lumière contre les fils des ténèbres is adapted from The Jewish War written by historian Flavius Josephus (1st century AD). This document recounts how the Hebrew state lost its sovereignty at the end of a war with the Romans, marked by the taking of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Temple, and the fall of Masada. In this staging at the Boulbon quarry, a magical mineral site in south Avignon, Jeanne Moreau sits at a table and takes on the role of the writer. She is accompanied by actors who play characters from the book in this lyrical and political meditation on the present-day Middle East. Amos Gitai feels Flavius Josephus’ text «is one of his ghosts» and that it is important to make his voice heard again today. —http://www.pardo.ch/jahia/Jahia/home/film/cache/bypass?appid=11456_34&appparams=http://www.pardo.ch/jpwacatalog/pardo/film.do%3Fid%3D328254&resetAppSession=true#
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… read more