Film Screening 11th May, 2011

Poster for Lebanon


8:00 PM, 11th May, 2011

  • MA
  • 90 mins
  • 2009
  • Samuel Maoz
  • Samuel Maoz
  • Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Zohar Strauss, Oshri Cohen

Lebanon is set in the combat zone of the Israeli-Lebanon conflict of the early 80s, and shot (almost) entirely inside a tank. A mission that involves the Israeli tank and one paratrooper platoon investigating a bombed town soon spirals out of control, and the four young men inside the tank are swamped by the confusion and inhumanity of war.

This fantastic feature is one of the most gripping and visceral films I saw last year. It makes sense when you find out afterwards that this is pretty much a re-creation of something the director went through, as it certainly feels real and grounded. The unknown cast give realistic and tormented performances, and you can feel the fear and claustrophobia (as well as baulk at the more disgusting elements of confined spaces for long periods of time) of their experiences.

Disorientating, (and sometimes intentionally confusing, as are many battles) dramatic and poignant, this movie (which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, an award that great films like The Wrestler, Vera Drake and The Circle have won in the past) is a must-see, up there with Das Boot as one of the most immersive war movies ever made.

Travis Cragg