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by Yaelle Amir

MoMA Presents: Amos Gitai’s Carmel
January 13 – 18, 2010
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This week MoMA will be screening Carmel, a new film by Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai.  Gitai’s films are inherently political and self-reflective, as he continuously explores the complex Israeli identity and experience. In the words of Piers Handling: “Carmel feels like a cinematic poem. Its sequences and incidents, though they are all carefully selected, are not designed to construct a linear narrative. It is as if order is not possible in the world he sees around him. Chaos is far more illuminating, be it in the glorious music of Gustav Mahler that bursts through the claustrophobic reality of people engaged in war or in an account of Gitai's personal exploits as a soldier shot down in a helicopter during the Yom Kippur War. Gitai has turned into a great chronicler of his country, and what he finds there these days is not a simple narrative.”

Image: Carmel. 2009. Israel. Directed by Amos Gitai. Courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York

Posted by Yaelle Amir on 1/10/10 | tags: video-art

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