Last month, we noted that the Venice International Film Festival had landed several big-ticket world premieres, among them Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman.” Also world-premiering in Venice next week is “Tsili,” the new film from Israeli auteur Amos Gitai.
Gitai’s career began in documentaries, in which he focused mostly on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Middle Eastern politics. He’s also directed many narrative films, working with actors such as Natalie Portman and Juliette Binoche. His most recent film was last year’s “Ana Arabia,” a story of a young reporter visiting the mostly Arab township of Jaffa, just outside Tel Aviv, which Gitai filmed in a single long Steadicam shot.
“Tsili” is based on the “Aharon Appelfeld” novel of the same name, about a young woman living in Eastern Europe during World War II who is left behind to tend her family’s house and escapes into the forest to hide. Gitai filmed “Tsili” in Yiddish–a rich language that is in danger of becoming lost–and it is his first film dealing directly with the Holocaust.
Check out four pre-Venice clips of Gitai’s new film below and after the jump, via the Israeli film site Cinemascope.