Ariel Schweitzer

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Ariel Schweitzer
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EducationPhD degree
Alma materSorbonne Nouvelle University
  • Film historian
  • Critic
  • curator

Ariel Schweitzer is a film historian, critic and curator based in France and in Israel. After achieving his PhD degree in Film studies from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris, Ariel Schweitzer published several books on Israeli cinema in France, Italy and Israel, as well as numerous articles on international magazines (Positif, Trafic, Vertigo, Cinémaction), and translated into Hebrew the book by French director Robert Bersson, "Notes sur le Cinématographe."

As a curator, Schweitzer elaborated many retrospectives in Israel, France and Italy, dedicated to Robert Bersson (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Cinematheque, 2002), Jean-Luc Godard (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Cinematheque, 2003), The New Sensibility Cinema Movement (Jewish Museum, Paris, 2002), David Perlov (Pompidou Center, Paris, 2005), Historical Epics in Israeli Cinema (Holocaust Memorial, Paris, 2008), Contemporary Israeli Cinema (Pesaro Festival of New Cinema, Italy, 2009), Tel Aviv in Cinema (Forum des Images, Paris, 2009) , Uri Zohar (Cinémathèque française, Paris, 2012, Israel South-Cinema Film Festival,2013, Buenos Aires Film Festival, 2014), Vittorio de Sica (Portugal, Lisbon’s Cinematheque), Jacques Rivette (New Horizons Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland, 2017), Israeli Women Cinema (as part of the Israeli-France Cultural Season: Luxor Cinema, Paris, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes, 2018), Israel in the Eyes of Foreign Directors(The Jewish Museum, Paris, 2019, Tel Aviv Cinematheque and Jerusalem Cinematheque, 2020).

Ariel Schweitzer served as a jury member in numerous international film festivals, including San Sebastian (Spain), Venice (Italy), Turin (Italy), Filmadrid (Spain), Indielisboa (Portugal), Kino Pavasaris (Vilnius, Lithuania), Olhar de cinema (Curitiba, Brazil), Pacific Meridian (Vladivostok, Russia), Belgrade Author Film Festival (Serbia), New Horizons (Wrocław, Poland), Jerusalem Film Festival (Israel), Docaviv (Israel), Mediterranean Film Festival (Montpellier, France), Asian Film Festival (Vesoul, France).

Schweitzer teaches film history, theory and aesthetics at the Tel Aviv University and at the University of Paris 8, and specializes in Italian Neo-realism, the French New Wave, modern cinema movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Israeli cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, contemporary Israeli cinema, Jean-Luc Godard and Robert Bersson.

Since 2004, he is a film critic and a board member in the French magazine Les cahiers du cinéma.

His books

Ariel Schweitzer, The New Israeli Cinema, Jerusalem, Carmel, 2017 (in Hebrew) Ariel Schweitzer, Le nouveau cinéma israélien, Paris, éditions Yellow Now, 2013 Ariel Schweitzer, The New Sensibility, Tel Aviv, Babel, 2003 (in Hebrew) Ariel Schweitzer, Le cinéma israélien de la modernité, Paris, éditions L'harmattan, 1997

As an editor

a cura di Maurizio De Bonis, Ariel Schweitzer, Giovanni Spagnoletti, Il cinema israeliano contemporaneo, Venezia, Marsilio Editori, 2009

As a translator

Robert Bresson, Notes sur le cinématographe, Jérusalem, Carmel, 2000 (in Hebrew)

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