Magazine article Screen International

Gitai's Rabin Film Eyes Fest Path

Magazine article Screen International

Gitai's Rabin Film Eyes Fest Path

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Ahead of his Monday masterclass here at Jerusalem Film Festival (9-19 July), Israeli film-maker Amos Gitai sat down with Screen to discuss his upcoming Yitzhak Rabin feature, now titled Rabin: The Last Day.

Currently putting the final touches to the film, which he shot in February in Tel Aviv, Gitai is waiting to hear from one of the major autumn festivals about a programming berth.

"We will know by the end of the month," he said. "We've been showing the film without the final mix and the reactions have been very strong. I'm really discovering how much he meant to so many people in many different countries."

"Israeli society is still feeling the shockwaves of his killing even if it's already 20 years ago," he added. "It's an open wound and looking at the current situation in the Middle East, there is a big longing, even if it's under the surface, for somebody like him who had a very open-minded way of talking to the other side. In order to make peace, there cannot be real acrimony."

Calling it his most "substantial" project since Kippur, Gitai has focused Rabin: The Last Day on various characters, from security agents to political advisers to religious extremists, leading up to the Tel Aviv rally where the prime minister was murdered by Jewish law student Yigal Amir; the film also looks at the Shamgar Commission of Inquiry that followed the assassination. …

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