Saturday 12th November 7.30pm (NOTE Date not first Sat.): Beaufort Joseph Cedar Israel 2007 125 mins
Based on the bestselling novel by Ron Lesham, this Oscar-nominated film gives the viewer a realistic experience of being among the last Israeli soldiers in the Lebanon just before their withdrawal in May 2000. The soldiers are holed up in the mountain top “Beaufort Castle”, a former Crusader fortress of more symbolic than strategic value. The occupation of the Lebanon is all but over and the Israelis are in retreat, but while the politicians work out the details, the soldiers are feeling like cannon-fodder for the Hezbollah whose main aim is to propagandise the appearance of an ignominious Israeli defeat.