A Tramway in Jerusalem
Director: Amos Gitai
Section: World Cinema
Country: Israel, France | Year: 2017
Language(s): Hebrew, Arabic, French, Italian, Yiddish, German, Ladin | Time: 90 mins
A Tramway in Jerusalem is a situation comedy that juxtaposes stories and human situations in the context of the current Israeli Palestinian society in 2018. In Jerusalem the tramway connects several neighbourhoods, from East to West, recording their variety and differences. The film brings together a whole mosaic of human beings unfolding in this city which is also the spiritual centre of the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We observe the daily life of this human landscape, a series of encounters that take place along the Light Rail Red Line, from the Palestinian neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina in East-Jerusalem to Mount Herzl in West-Jerusalem. This theme comedy observes with humour a series of short situations, moments of the everyday life of a few passengers.
Born in 1950, and best known to the public for his film Kippur, shown at Cannes in 2000, the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai bases his work to a large extent on personal experience, including the Yom Kippur war and other historic events in Israel. Today, Gitai’s art – not just his films – has attained a profound maturity as he continues to explore themes that have accompanied his rich career as a director in other disciplines such as photography. His images oscillate between personal and collective memory. Major retrospectives of his work have been shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Lincoln Center in New York and the British Film Institute in London.