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One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

November 9, 2012 | 12:31 pm

Beaufort is a 2007 Israeli war film, directed by Joseph Cedar, who stands behind many great Israeli films. The film was co-written by Cedar and Ron Leshem, and is based on Leshem's novel of the same name.


Beaufort takes place in the year 2000, and tells the story of an IDF unit stationed at the Beaufort post in Southern Lebanon during the South Lebanon conflict. That year was when the IDF withdrawn from the Israeli Security Zone in southern Lebanon. The film was directed by Joseph Cedar and was co-written by Cedar and Ron Leshem, based on Leshem's novel of the same name. The film is about an IDF unit stationed at the Beaufort post in Southern Lebanon during the South Lebanon conflict, and their commander, Liraz Librati, who was the last commander of the Beaufort castle before the Israeli withdrawal in 2000. It chronicles the daily routine of a group of soldiers positioned at the 12th century Crusader stronghold of Beaufort Castle, their feelings and their fears, and explores their moral dilemmas in the days preceding the withdrawal and end of the 18-year South Lebanon conflict.

 

The film basically presents one of Israel's milestones, and most of all, gives the viewer a glance at the life of an IDF soldier. It is considered one of Israel's best films, and its creators and cast won several awards, including the Silver Bear award in the Berlin International Film Festival for Cedar, a nomination for the Academy Awards as Best Foreign Picture, and four Ophir Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Artistic Design and Best Soundtrack, and 

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