Waltz with Bashir

Synopsis & Film Details


with excerpts from ONE MINUTE MORE


The animated documentary Waltz With Bashir won Best Foreign Language Film at the 2008 Golden Globe Awards. The director, Ari, tells his own story, which starts one night at a bar when an old friend tells him about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts reappears. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the First Lebanon War of the early 1980s. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. In Hebrew, with English subtitles. Screening sponsor: Fresno Jewish Film Series

Directed by Ari Folman
Israel, 2008, 35mm
90 minutes, Rated R.

Companion Short Film

  • USA, Guy Livingston
  • 10 minutes, English
  • Don’t blink! Pianist Guy Livingston offers a brilliantly zany, funny, and dadaist program of one-minute films. The shorts include original music by sixty composers from eighteen different countries, including award-winning Fresno jazz composer Benjamin Boone, who will be playing at the festival’s Opening Night Party. A team of avant-garde Amsterdam artists shot sixty films to accompany the music.

Part of the 5th Fresno Film Festival (2009).