M.G. Rehearsals for Departure

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M.G. Rehearsals for Departure

A few days spent with artist Moshe Gershuni become a summary of his life and work – a kind of rehearsal as he prepares to depart from his art and, indeed, from life itself. Gershuni is one of Israel’s most prestigious artists. Both his work and his life provide a varied and often conflicted portrait of what it is to be an Israeli. Gershuni is a total artist in the sense that it is impossible to distinguish between his art and his life. The major issues with which he contends daily – his constant search for understanding, or his attempts to tackle the concept of memory – pervade every work of his.
Gershuni’s work often contains lines from songs and references to musicians, so it is only natural that music plays a dominant role in this film. The pace and style of the film make it impossible for the viewer to distinguish between art and life itself, an accurate reflection of Gershuni, the person and artist.

Festivals and Awards:

Special Mention at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 1997; FIFAP, Paris, 1998; BANF, 1998

Director: Ziva Postec

Producer: Avi Armoza

Production Company: JCS

Cinematographer: Valentin Belonogov, Oded Kimhi

Editor: Hila Haramati

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, the Israeli Council for Culture and Arts, the Cinema Project, the Tel Aviv Municipality

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: מ.ג. הכנות לפרידה

A few days spent with artist Moshe Gershuni become a summary of his life and work – a kind of rehearsal as he prepares to depart from his art and, indeed, from life itself. Gershuni is one of Israel’s most prestigious artists. Both his work and his life provide a varied and often conflicted portrait of what it is to be an Israeli. Gershuni is a total artist in the sense that it is impossible to distinguish between his art and his life. The major issues with which he contends daily – his constant search for understanding, or his attempts to tackle the concept of memory – pervade every work of his.
Gershuni’s work often contains lines from songs and references to musicians, so it is only natural that music plays a dominant role in this film. The pace and style of the film make it impossible for the viewer to distinguish between art and life itself, an accurate reflection of Gershuni, the person and artist.

Festivals and Awards:

Special Mention at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 1997; FIFAP, Paris, 1998; BANF, 1998

Director: Ziva Postec

Producer: Avi Armoza

Production Company: JCS

Cinematographer: Valentin Belonogov, Oded Kimhi

Editor: Hila Haramati

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, the Israeli Council for Culture and Arts, the Cinema Project, the Tel Aviv Municipality

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: מ.ג. הכנות לפרידה

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