CLOSING NIGHT GALA SCREENING
Avner Faingulernt, Macabit Abramson | Israel | 2011 | 70
UK Premiere + panel
Presented in association with the Embassy of Israel in the UK
In January 2009, during the war in Gaza, two courageous Israeli directors grabbed their cameras to shoot material along the common border. The bombs are filmed from a distance, out of focus and at extreme focal length – the tourists’ point of view. The impact of the bombs in the distance is muffled, which is why the visual opposition between close up/long shot draws the attention to the spoken words, which are blunt, without compassion. The result of their journey is a disturbing essay about war and tourism, an absurd, surreal journey.