Amos Gitai’s 'A Tramway in Jerusalem’

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January 16, 2019 18:45
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Amos Gitai’s 
'A Tramway in Jerusalem’

Amos Gitai’s ‘A Tramway in Jerusalem’ spotlights the diversity of the capital.. (photo credit: UNITED KING/MOSHE AND LION EDRI)


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Amos Gitai’s latest film, A Tramway in Jerusalem, opens with a title card showing the time, 5:02 a.m., and then shifts to a woman, Achinoam Nini (aka Noa), singing a lilting, operatic tune in extreme close-up as she rides the light rail.

Right then and there, we are clued in to the essential inauthenticity of this film — the tram doesn’t actually start running until 5:30. Is this an important detail? No, not really. But it’s indicative of the feel of the film, which looks at Jerusalem from the outside in, full of preconceived and inaccurate notions of the city.


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