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Waltz with Bashir is a 2008 Israeli animated documentary film written and directed by Ari Folman. It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories from the 1982 Lebanon War.

This film and $9.99, also released in 2008, are the first Israeli animated feature-length films released in movie theaters. Waltz with Bashir premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival where it entered the competition for the Palme d'Or, and since then has won and been nominated for many additional important awards while receiving wide acclaim from critics. It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and an IDA Award for Feature Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.

The film took four years to complete. It is unusual in it being a feature-length documentary made almost entirely by the means of animation. It combines classical music, 1980s music, realistic graphics and surrealistic scenes together with illustrations similar to comics. The only part of the film which wasn't made by means of animation is a short segment at the very end of the film which shows the documented results of the Sabra and Shatila massacre in a news archive footage.

The animation, with its dark hues representing the overall feel of the film, uses a unique style invented by Yoni Goodman at the Bridgit Folman Film Gang studio in Israel. The technique is often confused with rotoscoping, an animation style that uses drawings over live footage, but is actually a combination of Adobe Flash cutouts and classic animation. Each drawing was sliced into hundreds of pieces which were moved in relation to one another, thus creating the illusion of movement. The film was first shot in a sound studio as a 90-minute video and then transferred to a storyboard. From there 2,300 original illustrations were drawn based on the storyboard, which together formed the actual film scenes using Flash animation, classic animation, and 3D technologies.

The original soundtrack was composed by minimalist electronic musician Max Richter while the featured songs are by OMD ("Enola Gay"), PiL ("This is Not a Love Song"), Navadei Haucaf ("Good Morning Lebanon", written for the movie), The Clique ("Incubator") and Zeev Tene (a remake of the Cake song "I Bombed Korea," retitled "Beirut"). Some reviewers have viewed the music as playing an active role as commentator on events instead of simple accompaniment.

The graphic novel genre, in particular Joe Sacco, the novels Catch-22, The Adventures of Wesley Jackson and Slaughterhouse-Five and painter Otto Dix were mentioned by Folman and art director David Polonsky as influences on the film. The film itself was adapted into a graphic novel in 2009.
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Genre:  Documentary, Family
Release Date:  December 25, 2008
MPAA Rating:  R
Runtime:  1hr 27min
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review by . February 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A HARROWING Animated Tale Of the Dehumanizing Effects of WAR
   Back in December 2009, my friend @Christy sent me a dvd of the first animated full-length feature documentary film made in Israel. This film was called “Waltz With Bashir” and I have always been in the hunt for something different and original. This film had won several awards including Best Foreign Language Film in the Golden Globes and was nominated in the Foreign language category in the Oscars. It has also been selected in the Cannes Film festival and has received acclaim …
Quick Tip by . March 28, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
An astonishing, unique film that is both animated and a documentary. Truly an unforgettable viewing experience!
Quick Tip by . March 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A great film about how the horrors of war & guilt affect a person's memory. The film is quite unique as it is both animated & a documentary.
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