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Golda

The biopic GOLDA is about the battle of Israeli prime minister Golda Meir’s (Helen Mirren) during the Yom Kippur War of 1972 told from the Israeli perspective.

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The Yom Kippur War in 1973 was the fourth in a long series of Israeli-Arab wars. Like in all of the wars before and after, it was about territorial disputes, tussles at the border lines, conquering and reclaiming areas. In the collective consciousness of Israel, the 19 day war has a prominent position because the attack by the Syrian and Egyptian armies came without warning on Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday, and because the heretofore unbeatable Israeli army was close to losing. In less than three weeks, thousands of soldiers were killed, prime minister Golda Meir had to step down the year after due to her decisions in this war.

All of this is knowledge learned after the fact. The film GOLDA by Guy Nattiv, tells the story differently. It omits almost any reflective classification and is largely an astonishingly simple war film that adopts the Israeli perspective in a completely unambiguous manner. Israel is therefore the victim of a sneak attack, of course has the right to the contested areas and, thanks to the skill of its political and military leadership, almost wins it before spoilsport Kissinger intervenes with his insistence on a ceasefire. This film wants to create its tension with detailed military strategy discussions; the audience is supposed to cheer on Egyptian tanks that have been shot down, taking such a clear side, that it is unpleasant. Above all, the Israeli Nattiv, who was born in the year of the war, praises Golda Meir, also known as the “Iron Lady of Israel,” as a heroine willing to make sacrifices who saves her country at a high personal cost.

The big get of the film is casting Helen Mirren in the main role. The 75-year-old Golda Meir, who was one of the first female heads of government in the world to assert herself among political heavyweights and hide her cancer from the public, is, of course, a dream role. Mirren really wanted to play her and without her this film would not have landed at the Berlinale. She brilliantly shows Meir’s disillusioned political wisdom and her fight against disease and decay, a kitchen scene with Kissinger is the only funny highlight. But the almost obsessively frequent detailed shots of Mirren-Golda's heavily prosthetically altered face do not fulfill the promise of looking into what is certainly the complex world of thoughts of the main character. Golda’s battle always remains good and right, and Mirren’s acting performance can’t hide the intellectual one-dimensionality of the film.

Susanne Stern (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

Original title: Golda
Großbritannien 2023, 100 min
Language: English, Hebrew, Arabic
Genre: Historical Film, War Film
Director: Guy Nattiv
Author: Nicholas Martin
DOP: Jasper Wolf
Montage: Arik Lahav-Leibovich
Music: Dascha Dauenhauer
Distributor: Weltkino Filmverleih
Cast: Helen Mirren, Liev Schreiber, Camille Cottin, Ed Stoppard, Dominic Mafham
FSK: 12
Release: 30.05.2024

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Golda

(Golda) | Großbritannien 2023 | Historical Film, War Film | R: Guy Nattiv | FSK: 12

The biopic GOLDA is about the battle of Israeli prime minister Golda Meir’s (Helen Mirren) during the Yom Kippur War of 1972 told from the Israeli perspective.

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Charlottenburg

Delphi LUX

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TicketsReservation: https://www.yorck.de/kinos/delphi-lux OmU17:30

Sunday 16.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.yorck.de/kinos/delphi-lux OmU12:20

TicketsReservation: https://www.yorck.de/kinos/delphi-lux OmU17:30

Monday 17.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.yorck.de/kinos/delphi-lux OmU17:30

Tuesday 18.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.yorck.de/kinos/delphi-lux OmU17:30

Wednesday 19.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.yorck.de/kinos/delphi-lux OmU17:30

Filmkunst66

Monday 17.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.filmkunst66.de/programm OmU20:00

Friedrichshain

Kino Intimes

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TicketsReservation: https://www.kino-intimes.de/tickets OmU18:30

Sunday 16.06.

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Monday 17.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.kino-intimes.de/tickets OmU18:30

Tuesday 18.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.kino-intimes.de/tickets OmU18:30

Wednesday 19.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.kino-intimes.de/tickets OmU18:30

Schöneberg

Odeon

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TicketsReservation: https://www.yorck.de/kinos/odeon OmU20:00

Sunday 16.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.yorck.de/kinos/odeon OmU20:00

Monday 17.06.

TicketsReservation: https://www.yorck.de/kinos/odeon OmU20:00

Wilmersdorf

Astor Film Lounge

Sunday 16.06.

TicketsReservation: https://berlin.premiumkino.de/programm OmU19:30

Eva-Lichtspiele

Wednesday 19.06.

TicketsReservation: Tel. 030/92 25 53 05 OmU20:30

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