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Born: October 11, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Israel Profession: director

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Amos Gitai is an Israeli director known for his controversial films focusing on the conflicts of his country from a mostly liberal perspective. Gitai was an architecture student in both Haifa and California, but his education was interrupted in 1973 when he was called back to serve in the army during the Yom Kippur war. After a near-death experience on a rescue mission, he was impelled to undertake filmmaking. He started his career in France, producing a number of short films and documentaries. One of these, "Field Diary," about the struggles of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, was banned in Israel. During this time Gitai also turned out two celebrated features, "Golem" and "Berlin-Yerushalaim." He returned to Haifa, but his films remained controversial. "Kadosh," which examines the role of religion in Israeli society, was lambasted at home but won recognition for Gitai and Israeli cinema outside of the country. His next film, "Kippur," a largely autobiographical piece about his experience in the Yom Kippur war, was less contentious, even bringing praise from some Israeli film critics for its unexaggerated approach, and a Best Director nomination from the Awards of the Israeli Film...

Amos Gitai is an Israeli director known for his controversial films focusing on the conflicts of his country from a mostly liberal perspective. Gitai was an architecture student in both Haifa and California, but his education was interrupted in 1973 when he was called back to serve in the army during the Yom Kippur war. After a near-death experience on a rescue mission, he was impelled to undertake filmmaking. He started his career in France, producing a number of short films and documentaries. One of these, "Field Diary," about the struggles of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, was banned in Israel. During this time Gitai also turned out two celebrated features, "Golem" and "Berlin-Yerushalaim." He returned to Haifa, but his films remained controversial. "Kadosh," which examines the role of religion in Israeli society, was lambasted at home but won recognition for Gitai and Israeli cinema outside of the country. His next film, "Kippur," a largely autobiographical piece about his experience in the Yom Kippur war, was less contentious, even bringing praise from some Israeli film critics for its unexaggerated approach, and a Best Director nomination from the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy. His films have been nominated for Golden Palm awards at the Cannes Film Festival on four occasions, most recently in 2005 for "Free Zone."

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  Carmel (2009)
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  Free Zone (2005)
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  Alila (2004) Director
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 War and Peace in Vesoul (1997) Himself
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 Devarim (1995) Goldman
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1982:
Moved to Paris
1993:
Returned to Israel to establish a film school in Haifa
1995:
Began a film trilogy with "Devarim"
1998:
Second film in trilogy "Yom Yom/Day After Day"
2001:
Directed "Plain Jane," starring Samantha Morton and Thomas Jane
2002:
Directed the segment "Israel" in "11'09'01 - September 11," the collective effort by 11 filmmakers
2006:
Helmed the feature "Free Zone," starring Natalie Portman as one of two woman brought together by circumstance
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Education

Haifa Institute of Technology (Technion): -
University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California - 1976
University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California - 1977

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