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- SAMUEL MAOZ
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Born in Tel Aviv in 1962, fascinated by cinema since his earliest childhood, by the age of eighteen he had already made a series of amateur short films. In 1980 he joined the Israeli Armored Corps and in June 1982 took part in the Lebanon war. The experience made a deep impression on him. In 1987 he completed his film studies at the Beit Zvi Academy of the Arts. He later made several short films, commercials and documentaries, including Total Eclipse (2000), screened at the MoMA in New York. The nightmare of the war he fought continued to torment him: it was not until he made his first feature-length film Lebanon (2009), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2009, that Maoz, drawing on his personal experience, was able to elaborate the trauma of the war, and describes the experience, the consequences and the devastation. Following the success of the film at the Venice Film Festival, it was screened in many international festivals such as Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Pusan, Sao Paolo, London.
FILMS PRESENTED IN VENICE:
2009 – Lebanon – In Competition (screenwriter, director)
2009 – Lebanon – Golden Lion
2010 – Golden Lion - "Luigi De Laurentiis" Award for a Debut Film