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"Out in the Dark" Alights Upon a Number of Issues

29 September 2013 10:50 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The Israel-Palestine conflict has been ongoing for decades, affecting the lives of millions. Out in the Dark certainly isn’t the first film to address this conflict. But, now, director Michael Mayer (who co-wrote the script with Yael Shafrir) explores this conflict with a very personal perspective in Out in the Dark. Unfortunately—or maybe fortunately for Mayer—making this story more personal and character-driven makes the subject matter even more infuriating; it will get under your skin.

Nimr (Nicholas Jacob) is a Palestinian student taking a special class in Tel Aviv. One night after the class, he goes to a gay bar to see his drag queen friend Mustafa (Loai Nofi) perform. At the bar, he has a meet-cute with Israeli lawyer Roy (Michael Aloni). Despite their instant attraction to each other, Nimr knows that going any further with him would make things very complicated, so he does not pursue Roy. »

- John Keith

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Out in the Dark | Review

27 September 2013 2:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Nobody Knows: Mayer’s Debut Explores Personal is Political with Tragic Gay Love Story

For his screen debut, Israeli born director Michael Mayer’s Out in the Dark further complicates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by giving us a story about two young men from opposite sides of the track, as it is, falling in love. The result is a complicated series of road blocks for the couple, a situation that causes not only familial strife, but political and violent turmoil. Mayer has tapped into a predicament not often visited cinematically when exploring the ever present conflict in the Mid-East, and he’s managed to not only make a memorable debut, but an unflinching document about the violence and hardships Lgbt people face in this hostile territory.

Sneaking dangerously across the border one night to get from Ramallah to Tel Aviv, Nimir (Nicholas Jacob), a young Palestinian student is on his way to see his close friend, »

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Zaytoun Movie Review

5 September 2013 3:04 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Zaytoun Strand Releasing Director: Eran Riklis Screenwriter: Jader Rizq Cast: Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal, Alice Taglioni, Loai Nofi, Ali Suliman, Ashraf Barhom Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 9/3/13 Opens: September 20, 2013 The family that pees together, stays together, or at least that’s what the two lead persons in Eran Riklis’s “Zaytoun” have demonstrated. Though the family in this case is just two people and only distant cousins, when they simultaneously water the dry landscape in the sticks of Lebanon, their bonding is assured. The film features a remarkable performance from the fifteen-year-old Abdalla El Akal as Fahed a twelve-year-old Palestinian refugee in an unhappy camp in Lebanon.  [ Read More ]

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Out in the Dark Review

2 July 2013 2:27 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

If Shakespeare had sought to write of star-crossed lovers today he might boldly have chosen a tale of woe like that of Nimr and Roy. Out in the Dark bears touching witness to the tentative dance of a brand new relationship and to a bond stretched taut across a volatile divide. Not the well-thumbed legend of Romeo and Juliet perhaps, but the reimagined story of a contemporary Mercutio and Tybalt – political, dynamic, passionate and devastating.

Roy (Michael Aloni) is a beautiful careless playboy, working as a lawyer for the family firm, emboldened by the cushion of ignorance that his father’s money provides. Nimr (Nicholas Jacob) is a student of psychology with his eyes firmly fixed on an horizon and a future far from the fear and dishonesty of his daily life. When they meet in a Tel Aviv club their connection is instant, their attraction absolute. Despite his misgivings, »

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