One day, when I opened my refrigerator, I looked closely at a can of pineapple. It had been “made in the Philippines,” “packaged in Honolulu,” “distributed in San Francisco” and the label “printed in Japan”.
Tag Archives: Amos Gitai
Yom Yom / Day after day (1998) Amos Gitai, Moshe Ivgy, Hanna Maron, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Comedy, Drama
A slice of life – day after day – in Haifa, where Moshe and Didi’s marriage is on the rocks, affairs are casual, and Moshe’s angst about health, his parents, sex, communication, and business are pervasive and existential.
11’09”01 – September 11 (2002) Youssef Chahine, Amos Gitai, Maryam Karimi, Mohamad Dolati, Agelem Habibi, Drama
Eleven directors from 11 countries each contribute an 11-minute short reflecting on the events of 11 September 2001. A village teacher in Iran tries to explain to her young students what’s happened. City kids in Burkina Faso think they’ve spotted Osama bin Laden. A deaf Frenchwoman in Manhattan writes a Dear John letter to a man who has left that morning for work at the World Trade Center. A Chilean remembers Allende. Events recall other deaths. A mother endures more than her son’s death. And so on. The tone varies, as do the locales. Most stories are about others coming to terms with the events of the day, but at least one confronts the viewer with tragedy and death.
Is the story of Samantha and Dov Ernst, American Zionists who emigrated to Palestine. Kalkofsky, a German Jew and bookseller, left behind his family in Europe. He accommodates Silvia, a young revolutionary against British rule.
Ha-Aretz Hamuvtachat / Promised Land (2004) Amos Gitai, Rosamund Pike, Diana Bespechni, Hanna Schygulla, Drama, Thriller
“Promised Land” tells the story of a group of young unwitting Estonian girls smuggled through Egypt to be auctioned off as prostitutes in Israel, and of their initiation into this trade of flesh, and finally of the accidental freeing of one girl who most fight for her freedom.
In Tel Aviv, the gloomy Ezra hires foreign workers without permits to build an addition to a homely block of flats where his ex-wife Mali lives with her current lover Ilan. Ezra and Mali’s young son Eyal hates the army and is AWOL, living among prostitutes and drug dealers. Gabi, a beautiful young woman who’s a friend of Mali’s, is carrying on an affair with Hezi, an older man insisting on secrecy. Hezi rents an apartment at the building for their trysts. Neighbors complain about the noise of their lovemaking and of the construction. Lives revolve slowly one around another. “Everyone’s out for himself,” says Ezra of Israeli society. Suicide bombings and elections provide a backdrop.