Kosashvili’s Infiltration to Compete for European Film Awards 2011

Oz Zehavi with soldiers in Infiltration/Photo: Amit Berlovitz

Dover Kosashvili’s film Infiltration is one of the 45 films on this year’s selection list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2011. Members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the different award categories and the nominations will be announced on November 5, 2011 at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain. The 24th European Film Awards will take place in Berlin on December 3, 2011 and will be streamed live on www.europeanfilmawards.eu.

Dover Kosashvilli’s ‘Infiltration’, based on the novel by Yehoshua Kenaz and set in the early 1950′s, is about a platoon of newly recruited young soldiers going through basic training. They are all designated for non-combat assignment, due to physical disability or mental incompatibility. Ashkenazi and Sephardic, crass and urbane, religious and secular, urban and rural, scarred refugees and confident Sabras, with at least a half-dozen different mother-tongues: they are the quintessential melting pot that this country was at its founding, and which still survives in the IDF to this day. But as the title suggests this is not a utopia held together through brotherly love. Each of these young men is on his own here, trying to find his place in the impersonal and not terribly sympathetic IDF. (read Shlomo Porath’s full review here)

Israel/France 116 min.
Director: Dover Kosashvili
Written by: Reuven Hecker & Dover Kosashvili
Produced by: Marek Rozenbaum, Itai Tamir, Michael Rozenbaum, Sophie Dulac & Michel Zana
Cinematography: Amnon Salomon
Editing: Yael Perlov
Original Music: Joseph Bardanashvili
Sound: Oleg Kaiserman
Costumes: Rona Doron
Art Direction: Avi Fahima
Actors: Guy Adler, Oz Zehavi, Asaf Ben Shimon, Michael Aloni, Benny Adler, Liel Danir, Hadas Moreno, Shai Kadimi, Ohad Yehudai, Oded Yehezkel, Or Ben Melech, Gal Lev, Alon Levi