Synopsis: BEAUFORT tells the story of LIRAZ LIBERTI, the 22 year-old outpost commander, and his troops in the months before Israel pulled out of Lebanon. This is not a story of war, but of retreat. This is a story with no enemy, only an amorphous entity that drops bombs from the skies while terrified young soldiers must find a way to carry out their mission until their very last minutes on that mountaintop. As LIRAZ lays the explosives which would destroy that very same structure that his friends had died defending, he witnesses the collapse of all he's been taught as an officer, and his soldier's mental and physical disintegration.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): Joseph Cedar
Production: Kino International
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
131 min

The Beaufort Castle,

a twelfth-century Crusader fort,

has passed from hand to hand,

from army to army,

for hundreds of years.

Bloody battles have turned it into

a mythological symbol of bravery.

In 1982, on the first day

of the Lebanon War,

the Israeli flag was raised

on the mountain

at the end of a fierce

and controversial battle.

Eighteen years later,

in the wake of public protest,

the Israeli government decided

to leave Lebanon.

Incoming, incoming.

Impact, impact.

Get in,

it's not over yet.

Did you come to save us?

I'm Oshri.

The company sergeant.

This is Liraz, the outpost

commander. Welcome to Beaufort.

Ziv Faran. Bomb Squad.

- Nice to meet you.

Is it like this all the time?

- It was quiet until you arrived.

Impact. Impact.

See that doorway, over there? That's

the entrance to the protected area.

Sprint to it

and don't stop for anything.

Even if you hear, "Incoming,

incoming," keep running.

Got it?

Let's go. Get up.

Go. Run.

Got stuck?

Want to wait a moment?

No, it's okay.

Let's go.

Incoming, incoming.

Impact, impact.

Bardelas Leader,

what a guest!

Meet Ziv from the

Bomb Squad.

He'll hang around here for a few

days, to open the road for us.

Pavel, Robbie.

Pavel, go to the J-curve.



Have a seat.

That's the road...

- Can you see the device?

Not really.

It's around here.

Well hidden.

Bomb camouflage. They got

that from us. It's IDF. - May I?

Yeah, sure.

They put them there under

our noses. Ballsy bastards.

I don't know what blew up on

you, but this looks hot to me.


I was there. There was an explosion,

I saw it with my own eyes.

Could they have come back

and reset the device?

No. Impossible.

Robbie and Pavel have been

observing it since the event.

We have tapes.

Anything's possible.

We're ineffective in fog. We had

a few hours with no visibility.

Wait, what's the problem?

I don't get it.

The device has looked like this

for two weeks.

Your people have seen

all the pictures.

You drove us nuts in debriefing.

There's nothing new here.

Look, no one

has actually seen it.

We know nothing

about the parameter.

Chances are there's more than one

device. It's really dangerous.

Is that what they sent you for?

To tell us it's dangerous?

I know it's dangerous.

Believe me, I know.

I want to talk to my commander.

I think we should

cancel the operation.

What do you mean, cancel?

We can't stay here

with a blocked road.

We waited a month for you only

to hear that it's dangerous?

Look, I'm sorry

I have to disappoint you.

I know you guys

want to go home.

But... Kabarnit Procedure

isn't appropriate here.

I'm not doing it.

What do you mean,

you're not doing it?

Where did that come from?

It's dangerous.

It's not a game.

- Listen, Ziv.

You want to talk to your

commanding officer, fine.

Check with him, consult,

that's cool.

But "I'm not doing it?"

Where did that come from?

Who's asking you?


If you don't do it,

they won't cancel it.

They'll just bring in someone

else to do it in your place.

Do you have a red phone here?

Talk to whoever you want.

They know everything you do,

and they sent you here anyway.

Can I have a moment alone?

Come on.

Why don't they just send in

a D9 armored bulldozer?


Why send in a man on foot?

They want to investigate

the device, not blow it up.

It's rare,

to find a whole device.

Even so,

it seems totally crazy to me.

That's his job, Oshri.

Disposing of bombs.

What do you want?

They'll send him back home.

Wanna bet?

No way.

- I'm telling you.

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Joseph Cedar

Yossef (Joseph) Cedar (Hebrew: יוסף סידר; born August 31, 1968) is an Israeli film director and screenwriter. He has won a Silver Bear and an Ophir Award for Best Director, and an Ophir Award for writing a Best Screenplay. He also won the best screenplay award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his film Footnote (2011). more…

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