The Cannes audience gave an indulgent go-ahead to Israeli director Ari Folman, who presented Waltz with Bashir, the world's very first animated documentary feature.
Whatever be the diverse reactions to Ari Folman's first entry in
Therein lies the paradox. how can a documentary, whose essence is cinematographic reality, fuse with animation, a genre that depends on the imaginary?
Folman unites the two in a manner yet unseen. Real characters, real experiences, real memories - but depicted as animated characters
Folman narrates his quest to recall forgotten memories of the
Folman, in particular, raises the existential issue of memory. Does the mind alter the past? Do we remember what we would like to?
These unanswered questions leave the spectator deeply contemplative, especially during the final images where animation gives way to real, stark footage of the war.
Folman's majestic effort will probably not win him the Golden Palm, as the prize is usually not awarded to first-time directors. But it would be really surprising if he walks away empty-handed. The special jury prize (Prix du Jury) seems more than fitting...
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Date created : 2008-05-17