Waltz with Bashir: touching animated film by Israeli Ari Forman
Memory is fugitive, that's good - but it can also be very painful. In search of a lost war-memory Ari Forman created an animated motion picture that really moves emotions. Waltz With Bashir is a break from all animated documentary about the lingering, subterranean effects of war ... by Irmgard Berner
on the director and some old friends who had served in the Israeli Army during the 1982 incursion into Lebanon.
Barking, yapping dogs, a pride of chasing beasts in black and blue lines haunting behind an invisible victim, a night-mare. That's the scene "Waltz with Bashir" starts out with. A race against the loss of memory. The threatening dream arises into real life in form of questions suddenly asked after 25 years. What had really happened in the war in Lebanon in 1982?
Last year, Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical Persepolis grabbed the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, helping to launch it on the road to international fame. It also brought a greater realization that animated films could be taken as seriously as their live-action brethren. Now, with Satrapi serving on this year’s Cannes jury, Waltz With Bashir, Ari Forman’s Israeli-made documentary, seems to be garnering considerable buzz at this year’s festival. And if the reception reaches beyond Cannes, it’s possible that animation will have reached a new tipping point.
Ari Folmans autobiografischer Animationsfilm Waltz With Bashir. Pictures: Pandora Film