Israeli Cinema in Four Words: Goodbye Occupation, Hello Zombies

Local cinema emerges from its depression and uses violence of the healthy type.

Dismemberment, torture, abduction, cannibalism and rivers of blood are not commonly found in Israeli cinema. Images centering on violence and shots of body parts have appeared mainly in war films, and even then the violence was relatively sterile − the kind that sees the enemy through a gunsight. But a series of new Israeli films suggests this trend is about to change. After comparatively low-budget...