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WATCH: Four Clips from Amos Gitai's New Venice Fest Film 'Tsili' (VIDEO)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 18, 2014 at 2:26PM

Last month, we noted that the Venice International Film Festival had landed several big-item world premieres, among them Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman." Also world-premiering in Venice next week is "Tsili," the new film from Israeli auteur Amos Gitai. Watch four clips from Amos Gitai's new Venice Fest film "Tsili."
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Tsili/Amos Gitai

Last month, we noted that the Venice International Film Festival had landed several big-ticket world premieres, among them Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman."  Also world-premiering in Venice next week is "Tsili," the new film from Israeli auteur Amos Gitai.

Gitai's career began in documentaries, in which he focused mostly on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Middle Eastern politics.  He's also directed many narrative films, working with actors such as Natalie Portman and Juliette Binoche.  His most recent film was last year's "Ana Arabia," a story of a young reporter visiting the mostly Arab township of Jaffa, just outside Tel Aviv, which Gitai filmed in a single long Steadicam shot.

"Tsili" is based on the "Aharon Appelfeld" novel of the same name, about a young woman living in Eastern Europe during World War II who is left behind to tend her family's house and escapes into the forest to hide. Gitai filmed "Tsili" in Yiddish--a rich language that is in danger of becoming lost--and it is his first film dealing directly with the Holocaust.

Check out four pre-Venice clips of Gitai's new film below and after the jump, via the Israeli film site Cinemascope.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.