Need a cure for claustrophobia? Spend 93 minutes trapped inside a tank with four soldiers during the First Lebanon War. Now, imagine spending 30 days trapped inside that same tank and your only glimpse of the outside world is through the crosshairs of a gun. Samuel Maoz's film (and winner of the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival), Lebanon, details his personal experiences of fear, panic and learning to survive. Maoz's opinion on the film and war: "You're not fighting for your country or for your family. You're fighting for your life." No need to worry about getting lost in subtitles, Maoz says, men who are afraid speak little. The sound of the tank, (actually the chassis of an old tractor) makes up for any lack of dialog and quickly becomes a main character. Plow through the war zone with these soldiers as they fight for their own life, kill for the first time and make history. Tickets are $8.50--or $6.50 for Modern members--for the show, which plays at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit themodern.org/magnolia.
Oct. 1-3, 2010