Magazine article Screen International

Erez Tadmor Talks Thriller Wounded Land

Magazine article Screen International

Erez Tadmor Talks Thriller Wounded Land

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Writer-director Erez Tadmor, a graduate of Camera Obscura School of Arts in Tel Aviv, grew up in Israel absorbing the atmosphere and stories of classic 1970s US thrillers, citing Sidney Lumet's Serpico among his favourites.

His love for US cinema of that era - William Friedkin's The French Connection and John Schlesinger's work are also high on Tadmor's repeat-viewing list - serves as the inspiration behind Wounded Land.

The film marks Tadmor's first stab at making a thriller, having spent the intervening years since his 2001 award-winning short Moosh carving out an enviable reputation not in gritty police procedurals but with comedy dramas.

"My student film Moosh was about a policeman who finds a child in the garbage," Tadmor says. "Ever since then I have wanted to make a film set in Israel about corrupt police officers."

It would be an itch he wouldn't get to scratch until more than a decade later, but Wounded Land is Tadmor's homage to those US films he loves.

Co-written with Shlomo Efrati, it tells the story of a police officer, Kobi Amar (Roy Assaf) and his regional commander Yehuda Neumann (Dvir Benedek). Partners at the Haifa police force for years, the pair know each other inside out. But a brutal terror attack means they have to face difficult questions about the strength of their relationship.

"It is very interesting to me to deal with this subject," Tadmor says. "The newspapers are full of stories every day about corruption in Israel so this genre of movie and corrupt policemen reflects what is going on."

Armed with a $1m budget, Tadmor was keen to capture the look and feel of a 1970s US cop thriller and recruited Fill The Void cinematographer Asaf Sudri to help him achieve it. The pair had previously worked together on Tadmor's 2014 short Dear God. "We had a lot of fun making Wounded Land together," Tadmor says. …

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