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"Variety" on Israeli Animation in "Waltz with Bashir" and "$9.99"

Variety has noted the two Israeli animated movies set to be released in U.S. movie theaters soon: the documentary Waltz with Bashir and $9.99, based on the short stories of Etgar Keret. The stop-motion movie $9.99 is a “surreal, multi-stranded musing on the meaning of life featuring disparate characters including a disgruntled guardian angel,” and Keret finally consented to the adaptation of his work because he felt that live-action movies wouldn’t do them justice. It will be handled by Regent Releasing, with its theatrical run starting on December 12, 2008.

Waltz with Bashir follows the deployment of director Ari Folman during Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and has been receiving critical acclaim and attention since its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It will be handled by Sony Pictures Classics, with a release date of December 25, 2008.

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