Amos Gitai Architect of memory

17.09.2014 – 04.01.2015

Dedicated to the work of Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai, this exhibition is a coproduction with the Swiss Film Archive, the Cinemathèque française and Galeries, Brussels. Created from his archives, this multimedia project explores forty years of work, combining rare documents, film extracts and photographs. The exhibition reveals themes that are important to him: boundaries, architecture, wastelands, language and history, organized as follows: “Kippur, Birth of a Filmmaker”, “Realities and Boundaries”, “Mythologies” and “Exile and the World”.

Gitai was seriously wounded in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. This trauma gave rise to spontaneous artistic expression (drawings, Super 8 films) before becoming the subject of two feature-length films twenty years later (Kippur: War Memories and Kippur). Gitai is a politically engaged filmmaker who explores the identity and paradoxes of Israel (House, Wadi, Free Zone), where the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is never absent. Beyond this turbulent present, his work probes its origins in founding myths that he simultaneously reinforces and subverts, with a predilection for biblical poetry, which lies at the heart of Esther, his first fictional film. Subjected to censorship, Gitai has chosen exile at decisive moments in his life. These were times of inspiring encounters, such as in Berlin-Jerusalem. Since the 1980s, Gitai has never stopped filming rifts in other parts of the world that—like the Middle-East—have become imprisoned by their contradictions (The Petrified Garden, Pineapple). Amos Gitai’s cinema has no boundaries.

The collective book Amos Gitai Architecte de la mémoire (Amos Gitai Architect of Memory), published by Gallimard and La Cinémathèque française, accompanies the exhibition and retrospective.

Amos Gitai retrospective at the Cinémathèque suisse
Complete retrospective of Amos Gitai's films at the Cinémathèque suisse. 

The Gitai Pass gives you access to all the movies from Amos Gitai’s retrospective at the Cinémathèque suisse and the exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysée : 50.- available at the museum or at the Cinémathèque suisse.

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The exhibition is curated by Matthieu Orléan from La Cinémathèque française.