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The Apollo of Gaza

Canada, Switzerland 201878minDocumentaryDCPcolor

DirectorNicolas WADIMOFF

In 2013, an ancient statue of Apollo was found in the waters off Gaza—before disappearing under mysterious circumstances. Is it the work of forgers, or a gift from the gods to a Palestinian people desperately in need of hope and recognition? Soon the rumors start to swirl, while behind the scenes local and international players start jostling, some driven by historical preservation and others by purely commercial interests. Filmed in Gaza and Jerusalem, The Apollo of Gaza plays out like a mystery, tracking down those who have seen or heard talk about the statue—a national treasure that becomes a source of wild speculation, greed, and lust.

Schedule

  • 2019-08-18

    19:30

    CGV Kangneung 5

    G E GV Go

  • 2019-08-19

    11:00

    PIPFF 1

    G E Free

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Program Note

In summer 2013, a more than 2,500-year-old statue of Apollo was found in a fishing net near Gaza. Although there is footage of this rare, enormous treasure being discovered, no one knows its current whereabouts. The director of this film realizes the complex situations in Gaza have something to do with the disappearance of this ancient statue while interviewing people with different political and religious backgrounds in search of its traces. This treasure from the legend incites all sorts of rumors, being remembered in many different ways. This film is an interesting and beautiful fairytale that gives insight into politics, art, religion, and nationalism. 

Credit

  • ProducerPhilippe COEYTAUX
  • Screenwriter Béatrice GUELPA, Nicolas WADIMOFF
  • Cinematography Franck RABEL
  • Editor Christine HOFFET
  • Music Claude FRADETTE
  • Sound Carlos Ibanez DIAZ

Director

  • Nicolas WADIMOFF

    He is a Swiss-born writer, director and producer, who divides his time between Montreal and Geneva. He organized a series of documentary workshops for Palestinian filmmakers.