Ari Folman

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Ari Folman
Ari Folman at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic -- 12 July 2008.jpg
Folman at 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), Czech Republic in 12 July 2008
Born (1962-12-17) December 17, 1962 (age 58)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, animator, film score composer
Years active1996–present

Ari Folman (Hebrew: ארי פולמן‎) (born December 17, 1962) is an Israeli film director, screenwriter, animator and film score composer. He directed the Oscar-nominated animated documentary film Waltz with Bashir (2008)[1] and the live-action/animated film The Congress.[2][3]

Ari Folman during the publication of the book «Anne Frank - The Graphic Diary», 24 December 2017


Ari Folman was born in Haifa to Holocaust survivors. His wife is also a film director. They live in Tel Aviv.[4]

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

Folman's latest project is an animated drama film based on the life of Anne Frank during the Holocaust, named Where Is Anne Frank?[5][6][7] In March of 2019, Folman stated that the animation had been completed and the voices were recorded in English, although no release date had been set yet.[8]

Waltz with Bashir[edit]

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.[4][9]





  1. ^ "Departures" Wins Foreign Language Film: 2009 Oscars
  2. ^ Hartl, John. "'The Congress': gripping live action, unfocused animation". Seattle Times. Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  3. ^ Keeley, Johnathan. "Ari Folman's 'The Congress' Gets A Trailer". The Hollywood News. The Hollywood News. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Dupont, Joan (19 May 2008). "Ari Folman's journey into a heart of darkness". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  5. ^ Roxborough, Scott. "Ari Folman to Write, Direct Animated 'Anne Frank' Film". Hollywood Reporter. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy. "Ari Folman To Helm Animated Film Based On Life & Diary Of Anne Frank". Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b Zahed, Ramin. "Production Begins on Ari Folman's Anne Frank Movie". Animation Magazine. Animation Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  8. ^ Brown, Hannah (26 August 2019). "Anne Frank to inspire musical and an animated film". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  9. ^ Bloom, Nate (January 9, 2009). "Jewish Stars". Cleveland Jewish News.
  10. ^ "'Waltz with Bashir' Makes Golden Globe History". Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  11. ^ Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language|Page 3|Golden Globes

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