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Ischia Film Award to Amos Gitai

Posted in Festival history - Twelfth edition 2014

 To the famous  director with  israeli origins the lifetime achievement  award at the 12th Edition of IFF


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The Israeli director Amos Gitai is the winner of the Ischia Film Award, Lifetime Achievement Award at the XII edition of the Ischia Film Festival, an international competition dedicated to the film locations. Author of a stateless cinema but with deep roots in history, and culture in the fate of their land. The State of Israel and the conflict in the Middle East, the war and the exile, religion and the individual. Short films, documentaries, fiction films for a long filmography, complex and movingly told that not only the different souls of Israeli society, but far away places animated or compromised by the contradictions of our time

"I am very honored to host this festival with a character of such international renown. I've always loved the films of Gitai and I believe that having his latest film in the official selection represents a source of great pride for the festival, "said the artistic director of the Ischia Film Festival Michelangelo Messina.

The meeting between the festival audience and one of the most interesting filmmakers of the international film scene followed by the screening of his latest film, "Ana Arabia," single sequence of 81 minutes he tells, with great intensity, the cultural identity of two worlds, two cultures and two memories that you would like to be the opposite. The Ischia Film Award 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, in the past has been attributed to the likes of Ken Adam, Mario Monicelli, Abbas Kiarostami, Vittorio Storaro. The award will be presented to Amos Gitai in the impressive Baroque Cathedral of the Aragonese Castle of Ischia, the exclusive venue of the Festival.

Short biography

 Amos Gitai was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1950, and resides in Israel,  United States and France. He has produced an extraordinary number of  eclectic and deeply personal works, exploring the history of the Middle East and other areas, including his own private history, through topics such as homeland and exile, the control of the company and utopia. Among his most famous films: Esther (1985); Berlin Jerusalem (1989); Golem, the Spirit of exile (1991); "The inventory" (1995); "Yom Kippur" (2001). Gitai's work has been the subject of major retrospectives, in particular at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), NFT and ICA (London) at the Lincoln Center and MOMA (New York). Gitai holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

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