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"Waltz with Bashir" Interview/Feature Round-up

by on December 28, 2008

Several press outlets have profiled Waltz with Bashir, the animated documentary film about Israel’s 1982 Lebanon war, and its director Ari Folman. The L.A. Weekly interviews Folman, who explains why he gets frustrated when people compare his film to Richard Linklater’s Waking Life, how the movie was received in Israel on its debut, and how he will expand on the techniques he used in Waltz with Bashir in producing his next film, The Futurological Congress.

Folman was also interviewed by National Public Radio’s Terry Gross on Fresh Air, discussing the dream sequence of one of his wartime colleagues that starts the movie, briefly summarizes the history that the film documents, and digs into the suppressed memories that ultimately compelled Folman to make the movie.

Finally, Folman speaks with the Los Angeles Times (free registration required), noting that Waltz with Bashir is only the second animated film made in Israel, and also discusses how his own recurring nightmares and those of his other fellow soldiers ultimately led to the movie.

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