Bintel Blog

‘Bashir’ Team Noshing Away Their Sorrows

By Nathan Guttman

  • Print
  • Share Share

One thing is for sure: The Israeli creators of “Waltz with Bashir” are no sore losers.

Director Ari Folman and his crew of producers and animators managed to keep their spirits up even after hearing that the Oscar for best foreign language film went to “Departures” from Japan. This was not an easy task given the higher-then-ever expectations back home in Israel, where a whole country went wild over the possibility of a first Oscar for the Jewish state.

It was even more difficult for two members of the crew, who watched the event at the viewing dinner hosted by Children Uniting Nations — a charity founded by Daphna Ziman, a prominent member of the Los Angeles Jewish community. Animators Osnat Wald and Neta Holzer were surrounded by reporters and TV crews, all trying to get their first reaction after watching the opening of the envelope on the large screen. “We’re disappointed, but it’s not that bad” they repeated over and over again, until all of the reporters got their share.

Relief came only an hour later, when director Ari Folman and the rest of the crew returned from the Kodak Theater and joined the crowd at the event, which took place at the Beverly Hilton. “It looks as if you guys are taking the news worse than I did,” Folman joked with the reporters blocking his way.

Art director David Polonsky and the director of animation, Yoni Goodman came out of the limousine smiling. “They had great food over there, really,” Goodman summed up his Oscar experience and Polonsky added: “and a real wonderful bar, too. That really helps deal with the sorrow.”

And there is also some good news for the Bashir team. Driving back from the Oscars to the hotel, the group already began discussing their next project. It’s going to be a science-fiction film. Animated, of course. Work is slated to begin in two months.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Waltz With Bashir, Ari Folman

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.