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Festival year: 2011

In his autobiographic film Lebanon, director Samuel Maoz looks back on to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. An ethnic cleansing operation in the city degenerates into a chaotic nightmare. As a claustrophobic tour de force, the whole movie takes place inside an army tank.


The tank’s crew is ordered to assist in the invasion of a small city. Inside the tank are four Israeli soldiers: Shmuel, Assi, Herzl and Yigal, all in their twenties, who have never been engaged in violence. Driven by fear and the fundamental instinct to survive, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the ravages of war. The entire movie is shot inside the tank, and just like the soldiers the viewer can only catch a glimpse of the outside world through the sight.
Lebanon received the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. 


Israel, Germany, France, Lebanon 2009, 93 min.


Spoken language: Arabic, Hebrew, English, French

Subtitles: Dutch

Official website:


Arielfilms GmbH

+49 2212326930

Dutch distribution:


+31 205776010 / +31205776020

World sales:

Celluloid Dreams

+33 149708359 / +33 149700370

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  • Friday, March 25, 2011 - 15:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 6

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