Jewish Culture in Copenhagen presents an Israeli thriller-comedy
On January 19, 2010 Mahmoud al Mabhouh, Hamas leader of the al-Quassam Brigades was found dead in a hotel room in Dubai. The local police blamed the Israeli secret service Mossad and published a videotape that supposedly showed four Israeli agents in action. The news and the pictures got headlines all over the world. But nobody was as shocked as Mossad himself because they were sure that they had nothing to do with the murder of the leading terrorist. Mossad decided to research the case. Four agents are trying to find the mysterious killer...
The French-Israeli spy comedy of Emmanuel Naccache is a cross between Ocean 11 and Men in Black and is based on real events, but he interprets them in his own way.
Kidon is not a typical Israeli film, it is not about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or gloomy social problems in Israel or Holocaust traumas. Kidon is about a hoax and in this film the audience is hoaxed!
We meet many wellknown French and Israeli actors, but all attention is focused on the international Israeli supermodel, Bar Refaeli, star model of Chanel and Moët-Chandon, Subaru and Sports Illustrated.
The film director says that he wanted to make a film where nobody could guess the ending and he hopes that he succeeded! He also says that he was worried about the reception of the film because this type of comedy is rather unusual in Israel, but Kidon's reception was overwhelming.
Naccache says that he got the idea to the film when he read the news about the murder in a newspaper and thought immediately that it was a good story. He was shocked that everybody willingly accepted that Mossad was to blame. "Maybe they did it, maybe they didn't. I don't know. I am not from Mossad, I don't know."
He adds that he made a comedy because Israeli film directors can't afford a big budget Hollywood-style film on the one hand and he did not want to make a pale Hollywood-copy, and on the other hand, he wanted to make a comedy. There are too many gloomy and serious films in Israel.
89 minutes. 2013