Oscars are a week from today. I haven’t watched the ceremony in yeeeaaaarrrsss but I always follow the results.
This year, however, I’m changing it up by synching my local Israel time to U.S. ceremony time (read: It’s gonna be an over-nighter Sunday) to watch it live. I admit: I’m a sucker for the red carpet, the hoopla, the speeches, the controversy and I particularly love seeing trailers from the contenders.
This year I have selfish interests at heart as well: I want to see if Israel’s nominated entry Waltz with Bashir wins in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
I FINALLY got around to seeing Waltz this weekend. And it far exceeded my expectations. The use of animation was really apt on many levels. Also, because the subject matter it addresses has been so very controversial for so long, the film was quite poignant.
Because Director Ari Folman’s animation is a personal testimony to one of the major events that happened in Israel’s 1982 Lebanon War/Invasion, it is tough to dispute what some have denied vis a vis Israel’s role in that event. I’m being vague, I know. I don’t want to spoil it.
Watch the trailer. French Foreign Film Contender The Class also looks quite good – haven’t seen it yet. I’d say it’s between the two. But Waltz With Bashir’s timing in terms of what we just saw happen in Gaza may give Folman the edge…