Amos Guttman

Amos Guttman (May 10, 1954 – February 16, 1993).

Amos Guttman (photo by Dan Lachman)

Between 1977 and 1982 directed three short films: A Safe PlaceReturning Premiers, and Drifting.

In 1983 he directed his feature debut, Drifting (no relation to the earlier short film). He then directed three feature films: Bar 51 (1985), Himmo Melech Yerushalaim (1987), and Amazing Grace(1992).

Guttman was homosexual and most of his films (except Himmo Melech Yerushalaim, a film about the Israeli War of Independence, based on a story by Yoram Kaniuk) were about homosexual experience. Many Israeli actors made breakthrough performances in Guttman’s films, including Jonathan Sagall, Alon AbutbulSharon Alexander, Aki Avni, Rivka Michaeli and the super model Bar Refaeli. Her first ever acting gig as a kid was in Guttman last film Amazing Grace.

Guttman was part of a group of young Israeli directors who called for quality films at the expense of commercial cinema. While he was an active director, He created a rich and stylish cinematic language, providing a unique sound. His films were notable for his attention to the visual and his distinct content.

Guttman died in Tel Aviv in 1993 of AIDS, the subject of his last film, Amazing Grace. He was buried in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv.