The Vulture

1 hour and 33 Minutes and 42 seconds , 1981
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Directed by: Yaki Yosha
Cast: Shimon Finkel, Hanna Meron, Nitza Saul, Shraga Harpaz, Ami Weinberg

On the eve of the Yom Kippur War’s conclusion, three IDF soldiers clash with Egyptian troops. One is killed; the other is wounded whilst the third, Boaz, returns home safely. When he meets with the fallen soldier’s grieving father, Boaz makes up a story about how his late son used to write poetry and that he had in fact saved his life. Boaz teams up with the father and the military’s Rehabilitation Unit Officer who are working on publishing a memorial booklet; a project that soon inspires subsequent plans for further books, memorial gardens, commemoration ceremonies, and so on. Before long, Boaz becomes a key figure in the grief industry. He even manages to get his wounded comrade, a professional sculptor, a memorial commission. However, with each creative stride, Boaz is also plagued with ever-growing feelings of self-loathing, guilt, and despair.

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