November 04, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik


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Waltz with BashirBucknell University's Israeli Film Series continues Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. with the film Waltz with Bashir in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

The film, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Campus Jewish Life and Hillel with support from Kalman Jewish Life & Learning Fund.

In Waltz with Bashir (2008), Israeli film director Ari Folman interviews veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Waltz with Bashir was the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The film screens in Hebrew and German with English subtitles.

A. O. Scott of The New York Times calls it "A memoir, a history lesson, a combat picture, a piece of investigative journalism and an altogether amazing film." Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal calls it "an absolute stunner."

The film has won numerous awards including six Ophir Israeli Academy Awards for best film, director, screenplay, editing, art direction and sound design, as well as Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics and the International Documentary Association, and Grand Prize winner at the Tokyo Filmex Festival.