Manaki Brothers - International Cinematographers’ Film Festival


September 27, Bitola – The festival day at the Manaki Brothers festival started with the introduction of the cinematographer of the film Foxtrot, Giora Bejach. The film was screened in the competition program for the Golden Camera 300 award.

-We tried to put in different films, with different aesthetics and cinematography. We were always thinking of the whole quality of the film. I saw Foxtrot at the Venice Film Festival and we didn’t have the possibility to bring it to this festival that same year, but here it is now, the selector Blagoja Kunovski – Dore said.

It is a great film, and Bejach won the Bronze Camera 300 a few years ago for the film Lebanon at the ICFF Manaki Brothers.

-The main challenges in a film are bringing the story, the grief and the situation we call “knocking on the door” in Israel. The main goal was to bring it to the screen with the aim of showing how the character feels and we tried the camera to seem as if though it is inside the situation, not an observer. We wanted to show his world coming down at the moment of the loss of his son, and the top shot was the one to achieve that. I actually work with a handheld ARRI ALEXA camera. I like it very much because later I don’t have to do much in post-production. This camera allows the picture not to be too sharp, I liked that style, but it is still my personal taste, Bejach said.

The film is very strong, the viewer feels like a soulmate of the main character, as someone having compassion with him.

-The film is already screened in Israel and the film critics loved it, but the Minister for Culture didn’t even see it, she is against this film even though she hasn’t seen it. But exactly that fact that the Minister for Culture was against the film brought even more publicity to the film and the people wanted to see it. Usually, the films in Israel are seen by an audience of about 60.000 people, and we now have about 130.000 spectators who have seen this film. Politics is involved, and it wrecks the film industry, not only in Israel, but everywhere, Bejach explained.