Ari Folman

Ari Folman was born in 1962 in Haifa, Israel, and began his career making documentaries for Israeli television, many of them set in the occupied territories of Gaza. In 1995, he directed his first feature film: Clara Hakedosha. Six years later, he returned to the camera for a new drama: Made in Israel. In 2008, Ari Folman directed his third film, this time an animated feature, Waltz with Bashir, for which he also wrote the screenplay and starred. The film was part of the Official Selection at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and received several major awards, including the César for Best Foreign Film and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. That same year, Folman was a member of the jury at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, chaired by Ivan Passer. In 2012, he was a member of the jury at the 69th Venice Film Festival. In 2013, his new film, Le Congrès, opened the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. His new project, Où est Anne Frank! will be released in 2021. At the same time, he is shooting The Horse Boy, based on the novel L’Enfant cheval by Rupert Isaacson, with Joel Kinnaman and Léa Seydoux in the lead roles.


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