Award-winning, acclaimed, and controversial, "Waltz with Bashir" is one of the films that has left a unique and unusual mark on Israeli cinema, changing it beyond recognition. Ari Folman's animated masterpiece, using spectacular graphic realization, is a collaboration with illustrator David Polonsky and animation director Yoni Goodman. The film confronts the fine line that separates documentary and feature film, and the blurred demarcation that connects and separates the memories that make us who we are, and those memories we choose to repress which also make us who we are.
More than 20 years have passed since the Lebanon War, which broke out in the summer of 1982, until Ari Folman embarks on a journey designed to interpret his flashback nightmarish dreams and try, perhaps, to bridge the gaps in his memory of those days. Through a series of meetings and conversations with friends, brother-in-arms, psychotherapist and military journalist, the film depicts the inevitable clash that signals the end of youth. A recollection of the 19-year-old director's longing for life when he was sent to war, its ongoing horrors and influences on him and his comrades who fought there, artistically capturing the play between fact and fantasy, simply because it is the elusive way of human hunger to survive. Ari Folman takes viewers on a journey that explores questions of personal and national responsibility, pointing to the terrible price of war from its immediate and obvious victims. The same women and children who return to the refugee camp after the massacre that took place there, and the prices paid, and that are still paid by the young soldiers who were sent to take part in it, and perhaps especially from the society that sent and continues to send them, at the height of their youth.
The film was released in 2008 and in the same year won the best "Ophir" awards including Best Feature Film, Direction, Screenplay, Editing, Lighting Design and Artistic Design.
In 2009 the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2008 and was announced as one of the five finalists in the Best Film Academy Award.