Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Wed, Mar 16, 2011
7:30pm
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Director Amos Gitai In Person
Double Feature! Free to American Cinematheque Members!
FREE ZONE / DISENGAGEMENT
Presented with French Film and TV Office, Los Angeles, French Embassy and Insitut Français

Based in Israel, the United States and France, filmmaker Amos Gitai has produced an extraordinary, wide-ranging, and deeply personal body of work. In a repertoire of around 40 films which includes such notable titles as KIPPUR, KADOSH, FREE ZONE (starring Natalie Portman) and DISENGAGEMENT (starring Juliette Binoche), Gitai has explored the layers of history in the Middle East and beyond, including his own personal history, through such themes as homeland and exile, religion, social control and utopia.

Discussion between films with director Amos Gitai.
FREE ZONE
2005, New Yorker Film, 90 min, Dir: Amos Gitai

Rebecca (Natalie Portman) is an American living in Jerusalem, and has just made a clean break from her fiancé. She steps into a cab, driven by Israeli Hanna (Hanna Laslo), but instead of being driven to her expected destination, Rebecca is taken by the determined cabbie to the Free Zone in Jordan, where Hanna has been instructed to pick up a large sum of money. Laslo was awarded Best Actress for her terrific performance and the film was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In English, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish.


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DISENGAGEMENT
2007, IFC Films, 115 min, Dir: Amos Gitai

When Ana (Juliette Binoche) is reunited with her Israeli step-brother Uli (Liron Levo) in France for their father's funeral, the two decide to travel to Israel and find the daughter Ana gave up 20 years prior. Crossing frontiers by car, train and boat, Ana and Uli are caught up in the turmoil and emotion of the military-enforced disengagement of Israeli settlers from Gaza in 2005. With French New Wave legend Jeanne Moreau.


Screening formats: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Wed, Mar 16, 2011 • 7:30pm
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