ChaiFlicks is proud to present a month-long curated series of award-winning films from the preeminent Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai.
Amos Gitai (born October 1950, Haifa) is a French-Israeli filmmaker, internationally known for his documentaries and feature films on the Middle East, the Israeli–Arab conflict, and the Holocaust memory in Europe. Between 1999 and 2018 ten of his films were entered in the Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d'Or as well as the Mostra, the Venice International Film Festival for the Golden Lion award. He has worked with Arthur Miller, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Natalie Portman, Yael Abecassis, Samuel Fuller, Hanna Schygulla, Annie Lennox, Barbara Hendricks, Léa Seydoux, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Liron Levo, Hanna Laslo, Ronit Elkabetz, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Mathieu Amalric, Henri Alekan, Renato Berta, Nurith Aviv, Éric Gautier, Caroline Champetier, Isabelle Ingold and more.
Amos Gitai was born to Munio Weinraub (Gitai), an architect formed at the pre-war German Bauhaus art school, and to Efratia Munschik Margalit Weinraub (Gitai), an intellectual, storyteller and a teacher. He holds a degree in Architecture from the Technion in Haifa and a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1973, during the Yom Kippur War, Gitai had to interrupt his architecture studies as he was called up to reserve service as part of a helicopter rescue crew. While serving, he shot 8mm footage of the fighting, claiming this served as his entry into the world of film making. (Stanford University)