’s most famous alter ago, “Homeland
” terrorist mastermind Abu Nazir, was certainly no fan of Israel. But Negahban, whose quiet, almost sympathetic performance of the jihadist shot him to fame in 2011, fell in love with the Jewish state while filming “Homeland
” in Tel Aviv, so much so that when he was offered the lead role in an Israeli helmer’s low-budget debut, he jumped at the chance to return.
,” the first feature from newcomer Yuval Delshad
, above with Negahban,is a coming-of-age story set in an immigrant-heavy Israeli farming village. Negahban plays Yitzhak, a turkey farmer struggling to pass his Iranian traditions onto his precocious Israeli-born son. Delshad, himself the child of Iranian immigrants, penned the semi-autobiographical script, which features mostly Farsi dialogue and offers a window into Israel’s oft-forgotten population of Iranian Jews.
Filming on the pic, a Metro Prods.-United King production, wrapped