Israeli helmer Amos Gitai is in competition here in Venice with Rabin, The Last Day. The political thriller centers on the official investigation into the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. November 4 will mark 20 years since the killing by a 25-year-old right-wing Israeli who opposed the peace process that Rabin embraced. The film combines staged re-enactments with actual news footage of the shooting and its aftermath. The trailer above includes some graphic moments.

Screening on September 7, The Last Day reveals “a dark and frightening world that made the tragic deed possible.” Gitai, whose credits include Kadosh, Kippur and Free Zone, says he was interested in dissecting what led to Rabin’s murder. “The prospects of peace have vanished with the 90s dreams of normalcy,” he noted. “But the men that made possible the killing of our prime minister are still around. In fact, some of them are now flirting with power. I am alarmed by the growing existence of a violent Jewish religious underground in the heart of Israeli secular society.”

Producers are Cyril Colbeau-Justin, Jean Baptiste DuPont, Sylvie Pialat, David Kessler, Laurent Truchot, Michael Tapuach, Francesco Di Silvio, and Gitai. Paris-based Indie Sales is handling international rights to the pic that next screens in Toronto’s Masters section.