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Born in 1950 in Haifa (Israel). Between 1971 and 1975 he studied architecture. During the Yom Kippur war he was part of an airborne rescue team: while filming the war, his helicopter was shot down but he survived. After the conflict he resumed his studies at Berkeley, and continued to make films and documentaries. He began making documentary films for Israeli television in 1977; Political Myths and House were censored by the authorities and another documentary, Field Diary, filmed during the war in Lebanon, raised heated controversy. Amos Gitai then left Israel and moved to Paris, where he continued his exploration of the themes of exile and emigration, in films such as Esther (1985, winner of the Turin Film Festival), Berlin Jerusalem (1989, with which he participated in the Venice Film Festival for the first time), Golem – The Spirit of Exile (1992) After his return to Israel, in 1993, Gitai made about ten documentary films (many of which, like Au pays des oranges in 1994, and War and Peace in Vesoul in 1997, were screened in Venice) and an equal number of films in which he examined the interwoven destinies of the figures of ancient and recent history in Israel. The feature-length films Devarim (1995) and Yom Yom  (1998) were presented at the Venice Film Festival, while Kadosh (1999) and Kippur (2000) were screened at Cannes. In 2001 he directed Eden, inspired by a short novel by Arthur Miller, presented in Competition at the 58th Venice Film Festival; he returned in 2002 Out of Competition with the segment entitled “Israel” in the anthology film 9/11 2001. He was back in competition for the Golden Lion with Alila (2003), Promised Land (2004) and Disengagement (2007, starring Juliette Binoche and Jeanne Moreau), while the documentary film Lullaby to My Father, an intimate commemoration of his father, was screened Out of Competition in 2012. In 2008 he won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. Gitai will participate in the 70th Venice Film Festival in the official Competition with the film Ana Arabia.
1989 – Berlin, Jerusalem – In Competition (director)
1994 – Parcours politique– Tuyau (in Au pays des oranges) – Finestra sulle Immagini Video Documentario (director)
1994 – Théâtre pour la vie – Donnons une chance à la paix (in Au pays des oranges) - Finestra sulle Immagini Video Documentario (director)
1994 – Conflit et réconciliation (in Au pays des oranges) - Finestra sulle Immagini Video Documentario (director)
1994 – Paroles d’écrivains – Culture de l’est méditerranéen (in Au pays des oranges) - Finestra sulle Immagini Video Documentario (director)
1995 – Zirhom Devarim – Corsia di sorpasso (director)
1996 – Milim – Finestra sulle immagini Video (screenplay, cinematography, director)
1997 – Kippur – Officine Veneziana Documentari (subject, screenplay, director)
1997 – War and Peace in Vesoul – Officina Veneziana – L’officina del cinema (actor, director)
1998 – Yom Yom – Prospettive (screenplay, director)
1999 – Tsion, auto-emancipatcie (Zion, Auto-emancipation) – Nuovi territori LM Video (screenplay, director)
2001 – Eden – In Competition (screenplay, director)
2001 – Wadi Grand Canyon – Nuovi territori LM Non Fiction (screenplay, director)
2002 – 11’ 09’’ 01 – September 11 [Israel] – Special Events (screenplay, director)
2003 – Alila – In Competition (screenplay, director)
2004 – Promised Land – In Competition (screenplay, director)
2007 – Disengagement – In Competition (screenplay, director)
2012 – Carmel – Special screening (screenplay, director)
2012 – Lullaby to My Father – Out of Competition (screenplay, director)
2013 – Ana Arabia – In Competition (director)

2005 – Venezia 62 (member)


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