Spotlight on Amos Gitai
Israeli filmmaker and citizen of the world, Amos Gitai resides in Haifa and Paris but lives and works throughout the world. With his prolific and diversified work, he is now one of the most respected filmmakers in the international arena and he constantly explores new narrative methods and styles, always associated with contemporary reality.
July 10 | Esther | Directed by Amos Gitai
This first long feature, designed as an immense “tableau vivant”, tells the Old Testament story of Esther, who does not know she is Jewish when she is chosen by King Ashasuerus as his wife. Upon discovering a plot against her people, she manages to save them. Using this myth of survival and resistance, Amos Gitai also narrates the revengeful exterminations perpetrated by the Jews against their enemies. This violence resonates with current events, creating a parallel underscored by the ruins of Wadi Salib, where Gitai filmed the story. This is the first part in a trilogy that also comprises Berlin Jerusalem and Golem, the Spirit of Exile.