a scared young soldier crouches behind a rock holding a machine gun
Aviv Alush in the Yom Kippur War drama 'Valley of Tears.' (Photo/Vered Adir/KAN 11)

HBO Max nabs Yom Kippur War drama ‘Valley of Tears,’ Israel’s biggest-budget TV series ever

The HBO Max streaming service has bought the rights to “Valley of Tears,” a drama about the 1973 Yom Kippur War that is being touted as Israel’s biggest-budget TV series to date.

The 10-part series depicts the war through the eyes of young soldiers in four different plot lines. No premiere date has yet been announced.

It stars Lior Ashkenazi, familiar to international audiences from his role in Israel’s acclaimed film “Foxtrot” and his work opposite Richard Gere in “Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer.”

There is significant talent behind the scenes as well: It was created and co-written by Israeli-American writer Ron Leshem, who wrote HBO’s “Euphoria,” and Amit Cohen, who wrote the popular Israeli thriller series “False Flag.” The pair are also already at work on another Israeli series called “Traitor,” a thriller currently in post-production.

The series’ original Hebrew title is “Sha’at Ne’ilah,” a reference to the final prayer service on Yom Kippur.

Curt Schleier
Curt Schleier

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