Israel's Teddy Kollek inspires son Amos's film
By Erik Kirschbaum
BERLIN (Reuters) - Amos Kollek said his difficult relationship with his famous father Teddy Kollek, an important figure in Israeli history and long-time mayor of Jerusalem, was the inspiration for his film "Restless."
The Israeli director, after Thursday's premiere of the drama about the bitter estrangement of a father and his son at the Berlin Film Festival, said he felt cheated out of having a father even though he said it seemed everyone else envied him.
"I had feelings of anger towards my father," Kollek, 60, said. "It's because I didn't see him that much. I was a little short-changed. People always told me I was so lucky to have him as a father.
"I always wanted to reply 'I don't really have him as a father that much'. He'd work till midnight and come home and fall asleep. My father's priority was clearly Israel. I think he was a good, responsible man. But his family was not his priority.
"His first priority was Israel."
Kollek, one of Israeli's most famous leaders and an advocate of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence, died last January at age 95.
Kollek became mayor of Jewish West Jerusalem in 1965, two years before Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in a Middle East war. He was re-elected five times before losing in 1993.
"He was there as mayor and I felt he was less my father," said Kollek. "But at the same time I felt a great deal of closeness and love for him. This film clearly comes from my relationship with him. He died just before we started shooting." Continued...