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The death of an upper-class Israeli couple's soldier son sparks a series of absurd events in this drama that won the top award at Venice Film Festival.

"Unable to find solace in the well-meaning condolences of their extended family or the empty patriotic platitudes of bureaucrats, Michael (Lior Ashkenazi, Footnote) spirals into anger, only to subsequently experience one of life's unfathomable twists — a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. Moving from the grieving parents' apartment to the remote military post where Jonathan (Yonaton Shiray, A Tale of Love and Darkness) was stationed, Foxtrot shows us precisely how much damage can ensue when young soldiers, barely able to tell their toe from a trigger, experience boredom, privation, and loneliness." (Toronto International Film Festival)



Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film, the Arca CinemaGiovani Award for Best Film and the SIGNIS Award - Honourable Mention, 2017 Venice Film Festival

Directed by

  • Samuel Maoz('Lebanon', 'Total Eclipse', 'Venice 70: Future Reloaded')

Written by

Drama, World Cinema, Festival & Independent


Rating: R13 Violence, drug use & sexual material

Hebrew with English subtitles

Israel, Switzerland, Germany, France

Hollywood Reporter


Bold modernist cinema at its most harrowing.

Los Angeles Times


No matter what you're expecting, "Foxtrot" is not the film you expect it to be. It's better.

New York Times


A movie that builds into a devastating indictment of a nation, shock by shock, brutal moment by brutal moment.

New Yorker


"Foxtrot" leads us a sorry dance, with irreproachable skill, but sometimes you long for it to break step, to quicken, and to breathe.

Rolling Stone


Samuel Moaz's Israeli drama about life, war and grief Is a deeply resonant achievement that takes a piece out of you.

The Guardian (UK)


It is a fierce, urgent, unflinching picture.

Variety (USA)


Brilliantly constructed with a visual audacity that serves the subject rather than the other way around, this is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level.

ABC Radio (Australia)


The twists and reversals in Maoz's screenplay are bold enough to alienate or even anger. But his cast and crew are all on the same page, in on the same joke, and the strange engine hums.

Sydney Morning Herald


It's an extraordinary film, far from easy, ultimately thoughtful and hard to forget.



Being human

Foxtrot highlights what it's like to be human. It focuses on the forces out of our personal control, like war and circumstance, but also looks deep at what we can control. If I had a top 20 list for must watch films of all time, this would be maybe number 9.