Amos Guttman

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Amos Guttman
Born (1954-05-10)May 10, 1954
Transylvania, Romania
Died February 16, 1993(1993-02-16) (aged 38)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Occupation Film director
Years active 1975-1992

Amos Guttman (Hebrew: עמוס גוטמן‎; May 10, 1954 – February 16, 1993) was an Israeli film director.

Early life[edit]

Guttman was born in Transylvania, Romania and emigrated to Israel at age 7. He studied film at Beit Zvi.


Between 1977 and 1982 directed three short films: A Safe Place, Returning Premiers, and Drifting.

In 1983 he directed his feature debut, Drifting (no relation to the earlier short film). He then directed three feature films: Bar 51 (1985), Himmo Melech Yerushalaim (1987), and Amazing Grace (1992).

Guttman was homosexual, and most of his films (except Himmo Melech Yerushalaim, a film about the Israeli War of Independence, based on a story by Yoram Kaniuk) were about homosexual experience and AIDS. Many Israeli players made breakthrough performances in Guttman's films, including Jonathan Sagall, Alon Abutbul, Sharon Alexander, Aki Avni, and Rivka Michaeli.

Guttman was part of a group of young Israeli directors who called for quality films at the expense of commercial cinema. While he was an active director, He created a rich and stylish cinematic language, providing a unique sound. His films were notable for his attention to the visual and his distinct content.

Guttman died in Tel Aviv in 1993 of AIDS, the subject of his last film, Amazing Grace. He was buried in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv.



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