Golden Globe® Winner, Ari Folman Waltz with Bashir
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Uploaded on Jan 2, 2009
BlackTree TV Personality Farai Gundan sits down with Director and Writer of Waltz with Bashir, Ari Folman.
One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by
26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that theres a connection
to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he cant
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
Did you start this project as an animated documentary?
Yes indeed. WALTZ WITH BASHIR was always meant to be an animated documentary. For a few years, I had
the basic idea for the film in my mind but I was not happy at all to do it in real life video. How would that
have looked like? A middleaged man being interviewed against a black background, telling stories that
happened 25 years ago, without any archival footage to support them. That would have been SO BORING!
Then I figured out it could be done only in animation with fantastic drawings. War is so surreal, and memory
is so tricky that I thought Id better go all along the memory journey with the help of very fine illustrators.
What came first the desire to make a documentary or the desire to make an animated film?
It was always my intention to make an animated documentary. Since I had already made many documentaries
before it was a real excitement going for an animated one. I made an experiment in my documentary TV series
THE MATERIAL THAT LOVE IS MADE OF. Each episode opened with a three-minute animated scene introducing
scientists talking about the science of LOVE. It was basic Flash animation, but it worked so well that I
knew a feature length animated documentary would eventually work.
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