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 100 mins

Year of Production: 2023

Country of Origin: United Kingdom,

United States

Directed by Guy Nattiv

Written by Nicholas Martin


Production Manager: Alex Molden

Producers: Michael Kuhn, Nicholas Martin, Jane Hooks

Production Services Israel: Green Productions

Israeli Producers: Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Maya Fischer

Israeli Co-Producer: Roni Shamiss

Post Production Supervisor Israel: Itay Jamshy


Helen Mirren

Liev Schreiber

Camille Cottin 

Ellie Piercy

Rami Heuberger

Lior Ashkenazi

Rotem Keinan

Dvir Benedek

Dominic Mafham


The “fog of war” evoked by Prussian general von Clausewitz and referenced in the title of the well-known documentary about ex-US Secretary of State Robert McNamara, becomes the “smoke of war” in this meticulous reconstruction of the Yom Kippur War in October 1973 from the perspective of Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth prime minister and the first woman to hold the post, Labour party member and chain smoker. Smoke envelops her constantly, seemingly bringing the acrid smell of the off-screen battle between the Israeli, Egyptian and Syrian forces straight into the offices and war room where Meir discusses and directs military strategy; and into the enquiry commission where she would account for decisions that led to victory but wounded or cost the lives of thousands. An almost unrecognisable Helen Mirren brings to life one of the most iconic and influential political leaders of the twentieth century, previously played by Ingrid Bergman on TV and Anne Bancroft on stage. Meir was a woman at the centre of a dramatic geopolitical episode, in a potentially fatal moment for her country, surrounded by men: her generals Dayan, Elazar and Sharon, and Henry Kissinger in a decisive scene of high diplomacy.

Director's Biography

Guy Nattiv is an American Academy Award© winning filmmaker. His first American short film, "Skin", won the 2019 Academy Award© for Best Live Action Short, and played over 300 festivals around the world. Nattiv is only the second Israeli ever to win an Oscar. The feature version, also entitled "Skin", stars Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga and Danielle Macdonald, and premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Fipresci Critics Prize. It was distributed globally by A24 and Voltage in 2019. Guy recently directed the feature "Golda", starring Dame Helen Mirren playing Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir during the controversial Yom Kippur war. It was distributed by Bleecker Street in 2023 after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival. His latest film, Tatami, premiered to significant acclaim at the 2023 Venice International Film Festival and won two awards at the Tokyo international film festival, which he co- directed with Cannes Best Actress winner Zar Amir Ibrahim ("Holy Spider"). It is the first cinematic collaboration between an Israeli and Iranian filmmaker and was shot secretly in 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Guy lives in Los Angeles and runs New Native Pictures with his wife and partner Jaime Ray Newman.


 2018 -  Skin (Short, Oscar® Winner for Best Live Action Short Film)-

 2018 -  Skin (Feature Film, Berlinale, Tribeca FF, TIFF )-

2010 - The Flood (Berlinale - Crystal Bear Winner, Beijing IFF)


 Premiered at Berlinale  Special Gala 2023 --

- Nominated for an Oscar® 2024 for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

- Jerusalem Film Festival 2023 - Opening Film

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