Saturday, January 24, 2009

Waltz With Bashir nominated for Oscar!

After winning a Golden Globe Award Ari Folman and David Polonsky's "Waltz With Bashir" has been nomated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film! 

"Folman's critically-acclaimed film traces the author's journey to put together his memories from his time as an Israeli soldier during the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, and later the massacres at the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Beirut. 

The film uses a striking combination of frame-by-frame and computer generated animation to create a powerful and at times surreal portrayal of war and the way memory plays tricks on the mind. 

The film 
was screened in Lebanon last Saturday, although it is officially banned in that country. 

The documentary has already been screened in Ramallah and may soon be shown in the Arab gulf states as well, Folman told Haaretz. 
- Haaretz: Israel's Waltz with Bashir,' on 1982 Lebanon War Nominated for Oscar

David Polonsky, who worked as Art Director on the film, will be be participating a in a three month residency at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design beginning in February. 
Check back at this website for the most updated information on residency events like lectures, classes, exhibition, and screenings.