A glimpse of Guy Nativ's "Golda" (PR)
The 40th edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival will open with the Israeli premiere of the film "Golda" starring Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren and directed by Oscar winner Guy Nativ. The film will be screened as part of the grand opening event at the Sultan's Pool on July 13. The festival will close with a festive screening of Anatomy of a Fall, the Cannes Film Festival's big winner.
The film, which had its world premiere at the last Berlin Film Festival, takes us exactly 50 years back, to the Yom Kippur War, and follows several days in the life of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir – the fourth since the establishment of the State of Israel, and the first and only woman to hold this position. The film shows Golda waging the Yom Kippur War while secretly battling cancer.
Leib Schreiber ("Ray Donovan," "X-Men") plays U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the film, while Camille Cotten ("10 Percent") is Lou Kedar, Golda's personal assistant. They star alongside several Israeli actors: Lior Ashkenazi plays IDF Chief of Staff David "Dado" Elazar, Rami Heuberger plays Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, Dvir Benedek plays Military Intelligence Director Eli Zeira, Rotem Keinan plays Mossad chief Zvi Zamir and Ohad Knoller is Ariel Sharon, commander of the 143rd Division.
Helen Mirren, Lior Ashkenazi and director Guy Nativ (Photo: Reuters, Michele Tantussi)
Guy Nativ is an award-winning Israeli director currently working in the United States. Among his films: "Strangers" (2007), "Flood" (2011), "Son of God" (2014) and "Skin" - which won him the Academy Award for Best Short Film.
The film will be distributed in Israel by United King Films and will be released nationwide on August 24.
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