'Waltz with Bashir' tapped as one of decade's 100 best films by Sunday Times
British newspaper honors animated film about soldier's account of his experiences during Lebanon War.
"Waltz with Bashir," Ari Folman's animated biographical account of his experiences as a soldier during the Lebanon War, has been selected as one of the 100 best movies of the decade by The Sunday Times of London.
Earlier this year, the film lost out to the Japanese film "Departures," which captured the Academy Award for best foreign film. Despite the surprising loss, "Waltz" was given the award for best documentary by the Writers Guild of America Saturday, to add to the collection of awards the critically-acclaimed film has received.
"Waltz with Bashir" deals with Folman's search to piece together his memories as a combat soldier during Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982, and in particular, where he was during the massacre at the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camp in Beirut.
The film uses a striking combination of frame-by-frame and computer generated animation to create a powerful and at times surreal portrayal of war and the way memory plays tricks on the mind.
It won best foreign film at the 66th Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood in January and was named the best film of the year by the National Society of Film Critics.
The film was screened in Lebanon in January, although it is officially banned in that country.