Thursday, February 16, 2023

SAVOY (2022) Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival 2023 (2022)


Story of the 1975 terrorist attack on a hotel in TelAviv as told by Kochava Levy a hostage who survived the attack.

One part recreation and one part conventional documentary the film recreates the attack via the descriptions of Levy’ diary. The aftermath is told through news footage of what happened in the aftermath.

This is a very good film. It’s a film that not only reveals what actually happened in the attack but also how the media bent things in the aftermath, resulting in Levy‘s reputation being destroyed as a result. It’s a cautionary tale  for the modern media obsessed age.

As good as this film  is, and it is a must see at SBIFF, I kind of wish the whole film had been a recreation. Its not that there is anything wrong with the documentary sections, rather we are so invested in the “characters” I wish we could have ridden all the way to the end of their story for a bit more instead of marching to the end.

As it is this is a fil  that will grab you and hold you.

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