SAMUEL MAOZ was born in Tel Aviv in 1962. At 13, he received an 8mm movie
camera and a roll of film. He
wanted to recreate a gunfight scene he had seen in a western and set his camera
on the tracks of
an approaching train. It got smashed to smithereens. However, by 18, he had
dozens of films. As a young soldier he was part of a tank crew. He trained as a
gunner, firing at
barrels of fuel that exploded like fireworks. It felt like a Luna Park game.
Only when war broke
out in June 1982, did he learn the horrors of being a gunner. In 1987 he
completed his cinema
studies, but it took him 20 years more to finally create his first feature film,
He has worn a suit only twice in his life: on his Bar- Mitzva, and when he won
the Golden Lion
award in Venice for LEBANON. Eight years later he wrote and directed his second
2009: LEBANON Feature
2005: THE INSUFFERABLE LIGHTNESS Documentary TV
1999: THE KING LIVES TV Drama
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