Waltz with Bashir
Animation seems an unlikely vehicle for documentary, but here it works brilliantly. It’s a remarkable, hallucinatory and deeply disturbing work, unlike any animated film you’ll have seen before: hand-drawn in a colourful comics style, it portrays Folman's struggle to recapture his lost memories of Israel's ill-fated 1980s war in Lebanon, when he was a young draftee. With no memories of his time in Lebanon (except that he knew he had seen combat and witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacres of September 1982, when pro-Israeli Lebanese Christian militiamen carried out a near-genocidal campaign of murder in two Palestinian refugee camps) he decided to try to cope with severe depression by contacting former military comrades, a psychiatrist friend and a neurologist who specializes in memory impairment. This is the extraordinary result, winner of the Audience Award at Warsaw IFF, and nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2008.
“A blistering, powerful work”