"Amos Gitai: Exile"
Directed by Amos Gitai
Five feature films by Amos Gitai that address the subject of exile are
included in this collection. Esther (1986,
97 mins.) updates the Biblical story of Esther in a "dense, provocative"
film (Village Voice) that is "bristling with ideas" (New York
Times). In Berlin Jerusalem
(1989, 83 mins.), two women seek out a new life in the Holy Land in a
beautiful, powerful portrait of the birth of Israel.
Birth of a Golem (1991, 60 mins.) is a
"notebook" film exploring ideas for a feature film on the theme of the Golem
and a parable about the creative process.
Golem: The Spirit of Exile (1992,
105 mins.) fuses the Book of Ruth and other Biblical tales of exile with the
Jewish legend of the Golem. Its eclectic cast includes
Bertolucci, B-Movie legend Samuel Fuller, and
Schygulla. Fuller and Schygulla also appear in
Golem: The Petrified Garden
(1993, 84 mins.), in which Gitai turns his iconoclastic gaze to the collapse
of the Soviet Union as seen through the eyes of an art dealer. Films are in
French, German, Hebrew, English, and other languages, with English
subtitles. 429 minutes.