Waltz with Bashir

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs; every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there is a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life.  Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images..

Told in stunning animation, Waltz with Bashir is enchanting, gripping, horrific, innovative and unlike anything you've seen before.

Country of Origin: Israel Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles Duration: 90 minutes Rating: MA Director: Ari Folman Starring: Ari Folman and interviewees Australian release: 2008


Winner - Best Foreign Film, Golden Globes 2009 Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film, 81st Academy Awards 2009 Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival 2009 Winner - 6 Ophir Israeli Academy Awards: Best Movie, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Artistic Design, Best Editing, Best Sound Design Winner - Best Animated Film, Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation 2008 Winner - Best Animation, Asia Pacific Film Awards 2008 Winner - Best Foreign Film, British Independent Film Awards 2008 Winner - Best Picture, National Society of Film Critics (US) 2008 Official selection - Melbourne International Film Festival


4 1/2 STARS 'A quite remarkable film' 'Exceptional' 'It’s an amazing film' David Stratton, At The Movies

4 1/2 STARS 'A most extraordinary piece of animation' 'Such a powerful film experience' Margaret Pomeranz, At The Movies

4 1/2 STARS 'One of the most significant and powerful of all anti-war movies' 'An unforgettable film' 'The film screened in Cannes this year to an audience stunned by its audacity and power' David Stratton, The Australian

'This is one of the outstanding films of the year' 'A true story, rendered with extraordinary power' 'A brilliant, powerful film' Julie Rigg, ABC Radio National

'It really is a remarkable film' Jason Di Rosso, ABC Radio National

4 STARS Michael Adams, Empire

4 1/2 STARS 'An artistic triumph'  'A film that will get under your skin and move you in the deepest way possible' The Big Issue

4 1/2 STARS Marc Fennell, Triple J

4 STARS 'A stunning achievement'  'A strikingly original production ... it approaches the realm of documentary in new and stimulating ways'  'Extraordinarily beautiful' Colin Fraser, SX & MCV

4 STARS Andiee Paviour, Who

'A true original' 'Hypnotic'  'WALZ WITH BASHIR is a rarity – it’s a true original'  'Spellbinding and worthy of big screen viewing' Annette Basile, FILMINK

'Mesmerising cinema' 'Remarkable'  'Striking' 'Stunning'  'A unique experience' Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

9/10 'A must-see' 'WALTZ WITH BASHIR is that rare film which achieves cinematic poetry'  'The most interesting new filmic genre in years'  'Not only an outstanding war movie in its own right, but also the most interesting new filmic genre in years'  'A must-see for anyone who wants to keep up with the latest in movie-making' 'Extraordinary' Rob Lowing, Sun-Herald

4 STARS Ben McEachen, Sunday Telegraph

4 STARS 'A brilliant piece of work'  'Original, demanding and rewarding' Paul Byrnes, The Sydney Morning Herald

4 STARS 'Those who do see it can not fail to be moved by it'  'This film has a true heart' Rod Chester, The Daily Telegraph

4 STARS 'Astonishing'  'The overall effect of the film is difficult to put into words' Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun

4 STARS 'A potent piece of storytelling… that leaves a remarkable, lingering impression' Philippa  Hawker, The Age

4 STARS Jim Schembri, The Age

4 STARS Tom Ryan, The Sunday Age

4 STARS 'Those who do see it can not fail to be moved by it'  'This film has a true heart' Rod Chester, The Courier Mail

'A powerhouse' 'Stunning' Manohla Dargis, New York Times

'Could easily turn out to be one of the most powerful statements of this Cannes and will leave its mark forever on the ethics of war films in general.' Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

'Extraordinary' 'Waltz With Bashir is an extraordinary, harrowing, provocative picture. We staggered out of the screening in a daze.' Xan Brooks, The Guardian

'something special, strange and peculiarly potent' Leslie Felperin, Variety

'The message of the futility of war has rarely been painted with such bold strokes.' Mary Corliss, Time

'Folman unleashes a pastiche of incredible cinematic scenes that are as innovative as they are devastating.' Sheigh Crabtree, LA Times

'It's a shattering war film, full of guilt and shock, and finding a new medium for expressing and exploring familiar themes.' Jason Solomons, the Observer

'Folman has made a beautiful, disturbing and deeply compelling film' Kim Voynar, Cinematical