Shmuel (Shmuel) Maoz was born in Tel Aviv. At the age of 20, he was a gunner in one of the first Israeli tanks to enter Lebanon in the 1982 Lebanon War. After the war, he trained as a cameraman at the Beit Zvi theater school, and did art direction in film and television productions.
As a director, Maoz was associated with the production of documentary films, directing the ARTE production Total Eclipse (2000) with Yevgenya Dodina. In 2007, Maoz began working on Lebanon, his first feature film. The script, based on Maoz's personal experiences, describes the traumatic experiences of a four-man Israeli tank crew in a Lebanese village early in the war.
At the end of July 2009, Maoz received an invitation to the competition of the 66th Venice Film Festival, where he won the Golden Lion after having had been rejected at the Berlin and the Cannes film festivals.
Lebanon was praised as one of the most compelling competition entries. That same year the film was nominated for the Ophir, Israel's national film awards, in ten categories.
- "66th Venice International Film Festival: Official Awards". labiennale.org. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- Erlanger, Stephen (July 30, 2010), "'Lebanon', Samuel Maoz's Tank's-Eye View of War", The New York Times, retrieved August 3, 2010.
- see profile in tiff.net (accessed on 5 September 2009)
- see Head, Shula:Prima Dodina. Jerusalem Post, 30 May 2003, p. 12
- Samuel Maoz: My life at war and my hopes for peace
- See Elley, Derek pics, 3-Dfills out lineup. Variety, 31 August-6th September 2009
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