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Dancing Foxtrot

20.02.2018 - Samuel Maoz, Katriel Schory, moderated by Kathi Bildhauer

At this event, Katriel Schory will be honoured with a Berlinale Camera. Festival director Dieter Kosslick is on hand to honour Schory for his lifetime achievements as a producer and the director of the Israel Film Fund. Accepting the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Venice Film Festival for Foxtrot, the film’s director, Samuel Maoz, dedicated his award to Katriel Schory. Since 1999, Schory has been a driving force behind Israel’s cinematic renaissance, often squaring off against a complicated political environment. In Maoz’s words, he “stands like this lion and protects the freedom of speech and expression and the purity of art.” Foxtrot describes the endless traumatic circle of victimhood that plagues the Israeli identity. The film has been shortlisted for the Oscars, yet controversially received in the country. In an in-depth conversation, Schory and Maoz trace the evolution of the project and the role of cinema as an instrument of democracy.


Samuel Maoz

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Samuel Maoz was born in Tel Aviv in 1962. He received an 8mm camera at the age of 13 and made dozens of films as a teenager. As a young soldier, he became part of a tank crew; when war broke out in 1982, he learned the horrors of being a gunner. In 1987, he completed his cinema studies; 20 years on he made his first feature LEBANON. He has worn a suit twice in his life: for his Bar Mitzvah, and when he won the Golden Lion Award in Venice for LEBANON. Eight years later he wrote and directed FOXTROT.

Katriel Schory

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For 25 years, Katriel Schory has been an active producer with his own production company, Belfilms, which has produced over 150 films including fiction, documentaries, TV dramas, TV shows and international co-productions. Since 1999, he has been the Executive Director of the Israel Film Fund and in this capacity has authorised the production of 280 new Israeli feature films.

Moderated by

Kathi Bildhauer

photo of Kathi Bildhauer

Kathi Bildhauer co-heads the Berlinale Co-Production Market and manages the Talent Project Market for Berlinale Talents. She previously coordinated the Berlinale Residency programme and also worked for the World Cinema Fund. She is the author of “Drehbuch reloaded,” her Ph.D. thesis on unconventional contemporary screenplays.