Amos Gutman, Filmmaker – (Israel, 1997)


amos2_cAmos Guttman  s-a născut pe 10 mai 1954, în Transilvania, România. Emigrează împreună cu familia în Israel la vârsta de 7 ani. A studiat cinematografia la Beit Zvi. Moare pe 16 februarie 1993 ca urmare a complicaţiilor provocate de SIDA. În scurta sa carieră de regizor a realizat 4 lung-metraje şi 3 scurt-metraje

Director Ran Kotzer documents the life of an Israeli cinematographer in AMOS GUTMAN, FILMMAKER (1997). This film was featured in the 1998 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Director Ran Kotzer documents the life of an Israeli cinematographer in AMOS GUTMAN, FILMMAKER (1997). This film was featured in the 1998 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

„From 1977 to his untimely death in 1993, Amos Gutman directed six films, all of them deeply personal reflections of his own life. Interviews with lovers, family and friends–including some of the most important people in Israeli cinema–tell the gripping story of a strikingly handsome, charismatic and deeply passionate gay man who has become a revered cult figure in Israeli cinema. Interviews with the late filmmaker and fascinating footage of him on the set convey the same passion that comes through in scenes from his films, lovingly selected by documentarian Ran Kotzer. Like Fellini, Gutman transformed his dreams and everyday conversations with friends and family into integral parts of his pictures. He is most remarkable for his striking and original use of the frame. Every shot is a treasure. Amos Gutman dared to portray subjects that were taboo in his society, and his search for the right of individual expression is the connecting link of his works.”

Between 1977 and 1982 directed three short films: A Safe Place, Returning Premiers, and Drifting. In 1983 he directed his feature debut, Drifting (no relation to the earlier short film). He then directed three feature films: Bar 51 (1985), Himmo Melech Yerushalaim (1987), and Amazing Grace (1992). Guttman was homosexual, and most of his films (except Himmo Melech Yerushalaim, a film about the Israeli War of Independence, based on a story by Yoram Kaniuk) were about homosexual experience and AIDS. Many Israeli players made breakthrough performances in Guttman’s films, including Jonathan Sagall, Alon Abutbul, Sharon Alexander, Aki Avni, and Rivka Michaeli. Guttman was part of a group of young Israeli directors who called for quality films at the expense of commercial cinema. While he was an active director, He created a rich and stylish cinematic language, providing a unique sound. His films were notable for his attention to the visual and his distinct content. Guttman died in Tel Aviv in 1993 of AIDS, the subject of his last film, Amazing Grace. He was buried in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv. (text wikipedia)

 

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