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Ari Folman (Hebrew: ארי פולמן) (born December 17, 1962) is an Israeli film director, screenwriter and film score composer. He is perhaps best known for directing his animated documentary film Waltz with Bashir as well as directing the live-action/animated film The Congress.[1][2] He currently plans to direct an animated drama film based on the life of Anne Frank during the Holocaust.[3][4]

Ari Folman
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Ari Folman at 43rd KVIFF in 2008
Born (1962-12-17) December 17, 1962 (age 56)
ResidenceTel Aviv, Israel
Other namesAri Fulman
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film score composer
Years active1996–present


Ari Folman was born in Haifa to Holocaust survivors. His wife is also a film director. They live in Tel Aviv.[5]

In 2006 he was the head writer of the Hot 3 famous drama series BeTipul.

Waltz with BashirEdit

Ari Folman's memories of the aftermath of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre which took place when he was a 19-year-old soldier, served as the basis for his movie Waltz with Bashir. The film follows his attempt to regain his memories of the war through therapy as well as conversations with old friends and other Israelis that were present in Beirut around the time of the massacre.[5][6]

Filmography (as director)Edit



  1. ^ Hartl, John. "'The Congress': gripping live action, unfocused animation". Seattle Times. Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ Keeley, Johnathan. "Ari Folman's 'The Congress' Gets A Trailer". The Hollywood News. The Hollywood News. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  3. ^ Roxborough, Scott. "Ari Folman to Write, Direct Animated 'Anne Frank' Film". Hollywood Reporter. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  4. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy. "Ari Folman To Helm Animated Film Based On Life & Diary Of Anne Frank". Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b Dupont, Joan (19 May 2008). "Ari Folman's journey into a heart of darkness". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  6. ^ Bloom, Nate (January 9, 2009). "Jewish Stars". Cleveland Jewish News.
  7. ^ Zahed, Ramin. "Production Begins on Ari Folman's Anne Frank Movie". Animation Magazine. Animation Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2018.

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