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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai (Haifa, 1950). Filmmaker, PhD in architecture (University of Berkeley). His work has been honoured with numerous awards and presented in complete retrospectives all over the world, such as Centre Pompidou, Cinémathèque française, Jerusalem Cinematheque, MoMA, Lincoln Center NY, British Film Institute, Museo Reina Sofía.

He belongs to the first generation born after the foundation of the State of Israel. His experiences, such as the Yom Kippur War, as well the sense of a victorious life, went on to inspire his future oeuvre.

His first film, House (1980), dedicated to the construction of a house in west Jerusalem. Immediately banned in Israel, this documentary had a lasting effect on his antagonistic relationship with the authorities of his country, worsening after the controversy provoked by Field Diary (1982). He then moved to Paris where he directed several films. On his return to Israel in 1993, he began work on his ‘city trilogy’. In 2010, he published his mother Efratia’s letters in Correspondance.

In April 2018, he donated his entire archive on Yitzhak Rabin to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. He is the first filmmaker to be invited to the position of Chair of Artistic Creation by the Collège de France (2018 – 2019).