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May 10, 1954|
February 16, 1993 (aged 38)|
Tel Aviv, Israel
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.
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