"Directed by Joseph Cedar, based on Ron Leshem's book 'Im Yesh Gan Eden' (If Heaven Exists)
The movie is about an IDF unit stationed at the Beaufort post in Southern Lebanon and their commander, Liraz Liberti, who was the last commander on the Beaufort castle before the Israeli withdrawal in 2000
The setting for the film is a 12th century Crusader stronghold in southern Lebanon, just prior to Israel's withdrawal from that country in 2000.
Israel's sudden withdrawal from Beaufort and Lebanon after 18 years of occupation is the backdrop for Cedar's film,
which outlines the daily routine of a group of soldiers, their feelings and their fears, and explores their moral dilemmas in the days preceding the withdrawal.
The movie's director, himself an IDF veteran who was stationed in Lebanon, uses the stone walls of Beaufort castle as a symbol of the futility and endlessness of war.
The film was shot in northern Israel in the spring of 2006