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Cohen Media Group and Focus World are joining forces for the North American 2013 release of Ziad Doueiri's "The Attack," a drama-thriller following an Arab surgeon who uncovers a shocking secret about his late wife, a victim of a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The film will be a special presentation at Toronto in September. "The Attack" is Doueiri's third feature, following his critical successes "West Beirut" (1998) and "Lily Says" (2004), both of which had robust festival runs. The film is adapted from Yasmina Khadra's international bestseller, and stars Ali Suliman in the lead role. Programmer notes from the Tiff website: When a suicide bomber strikes at a Tel Aviv café, Dr. Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman), a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a highly respected surgeon, treats the wounded victims of the blast at a nearby hospital — at least those who will let him, as some refuse to be attended to by a. »

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