Tributes to filmmaker Assi Dayan

By Naomi Firsht, May 2, 2014
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Iconic: Dayan died in Tel Aviv aged 68 (Photo: YouTube)

Iconic: Dayan died in Tel Aviv aged 68 (Photo: YouTube)

The London Israeli Film Festival organisers have expressed sadness over the death of Asaf ‘Assi’ Dayan, film director and son of military hero Moshe Dayan.

Dayan died on Thursday in Tel Aviv aged 68.

“Assi was an iconic figure in the Israeli film and television industries, and we are very proud to have been able to show our high regard for him in the retrospective of his work that we screened last year,” said Odelia Haroush, Anat Koren and Patty Hochmann on behalf of the London Israeli Film Festival.

The actor/director won a string of awards and directed 17 films throughout his career. He won Best Director for “Life According to Agfa” (1992), as well as seven other Israeli film awards.

Known to have a troubled private life, Dayan was married and divorced several times and had four children. He also suffered from health issues and was known to have a drug problem.

His last film, Dr Pomerantz, about a has-been therapist renting out his 12th floor flat for suicide jumps, opened the 2013 London Israeli Film Festival.

The funeral will take place on Sunday in Nahalal. Members of the public wishing to pay their respects can do so at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque where his casket will be on display.

Seret, the London Israeli Film Festival, will be held June 15-22 this year.

Last updated: 4:46pm, May 2 2014