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Ari Folman’s "Waltz with Bashir" wins the 2009 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film

Ari Folman
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During the 2008-09 awards season, director Ari Folman’s intimate animated film, Waltz with Bashir was a standout frontrunner – with a Palme d’Or nomination at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival (the film left emptyhanded following a jury scandal), and an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film, in which Folman revisited and confronted his memories and nightmares of the First Lebanon War, left people shaken around the world; including those unfamiliar with the finer points of the Middle East conflict. In total, Waltz with Bashir took home a whopping 45 awards, with the peak being a Golden Globe win for Best Foreign Film. Folman, who was handed his statuette by actor Colin Farrell, dedicated it to “the eight wonderful children our production crew has had in the four years we spent making the film at a small Tel Aviv studio,” adding how he hoped that “one day, they’ll grow up and watch the film together, and that the war it depicts will seem to them like some ancient video game that has no bearings whatsoever on their lives.” Waltz with Bashir is packed full of powerful, poignant scenes and one of its most unforgettable moments is the slow motion scene in which Folman’s platoon heads into a Lebanese grove where the soldiers cross paths with a child carrying an RPG missile launcher. The boy fires a missile at the soldiers and they kill him, to the soundtrack of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5 (The Caesar) that’s playing in the background. Folman didn’t even remember their run in with the boy. It was only after a conversation with Shmuel Frankel, Commander of the infantry unit that the director realised his mind had blocked out any and all recollections of that encounter. “It’s a scene that touched many hearts,” Folman says. “It’s hard to remain indifferent at the sight of a grown man standing in front of this little kid who’d been sent to shoot missiles and essentially kill himself for a cause he doesn’t even understand. It’s a scene that captures the paradox and sheer absurdity of this foolishness we call an all out war.”