2019 TIFF Film Review: INCITEMENT (Israel 2019) ***1/2

Incitement Poster
Details the year leading to the assassination of Israel’s Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995), from the point of view of the assassin.

Director:

Yaron Zilberman

INCITEMENT is a rigorous psychological thriller by American-Israeli director Yaron Zilberman that leads up to the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin through the worldview of his assassin, Yigal Amir (Yehuda Nahari Halevi).  Yigal is an ultranationalist, right-wing Zionist who opposed the leader’s signing of the Oslo Accords.  Zilberman includes lots of newsreel footage to add authenticity to the story.   

Rabin’s murder is held to be a definitive — and infamous — moment in the struggling peace process with Palestinians and also in Israel’s charged history.   The film is entitled INCITEMENT because the film concentrates on Yigal’s motivations (arising from family, friends and protestors) that led to Rabin’s death.  Unlike other films about assassins like THE DAY OF THE JACKAL, INCITEMENT is based on true facts. 

 Director Zilberman has crafted a truly disturbing and chilling period piece while emphasizing the fact that there is no easy solution to the Israel/Palestinian conflict.

Trailer: https://www.filmaffinity.com/es/evideos.php?movie_id=543486