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Paradise Now -- Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

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Release Date:
7 September 2005 (Belgium) See more »
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Tagline:
In the next 36 hours, two childhood friends may do the unthinkable. See more »
Plot:
Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
powerful film See more (146 total) »

Cast

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Lubna Azabal ... Suha
Hamza Abu-Aiaash ... Checkpoint Soldier
Kais Nashif ... Said
Lutuf Nouasser ... Car Owner (as Lotuf Neusser)

Ali Suliman ... Khaled
Mohammad Bustami ... Abu-Salim
Ahmad Fares ... Tea Boy
Waleed On-Allah ... Taxidriver Suha
Asaad Dwikat ... Shawarma Shop Owner
Imad Saber ... Shawarma Customer
Mohammad Kosa ... Photographer
Amer Hlehel ... Jamal

Hiam Abbass ... Said's Mother
Nour Abd El-Hadi ... Said's Sister
Amjad Al-Imlah ... Said's Brother
Dina Titi ... Khaled's Sister
Yosef Abo Dheir ... Khaled's Father
Sadi El-Masri ... Khaled's Attendant
Hana Sha'alan ... Khaled's Mother
Nabeel Shaheen ... Video Camera Man
Ayman Swedan ... Barber
Jamal Shaheen ... Explosive Maker
Hafez Mueen ... Explosive Attacher
Jamil Sawalmeh ... Guard 1
Deya Deen Hamaideh ... Guard 2
Thabet Abu-Zarour ... Guard 3

Ashraf Barhom ... Abu-Karem (as Ashraf Barhoum)
Bassam Al-Nubani ... Fighter 1
Mohammad Kaskas ... Fighter 2
Nabeeh Jum'a ... Fighter 3
Mohammad Arabbas ... Fighter 4
Saed Mayaleh ... Fighter 5
Dirar Suleiman ... Taxidriver Said (as Derar Suliman)
Mohammad Jibreel ... Van Driver
Wagde Ode ... Jamal's Assistant
Tha'er Abu-Zarour ... Shawarma Customer
Olivier Meidinger ... Abu-Shabaab
Salwa Ibrahim ... Khaled's Mother
Abd Elrahman Thaher ... Mechanic
Jamel Daher ... Car Owner (voice) (as Jamal Daher)

Directed by
Hany Abu-Assad 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hany Abu-Assad 
Bero Beyer 

Produced by
Bero Beyer .... producer
Muhammed Buqai .... associate producer
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Amir Harel .... producer
Peter Hermann .... line producer
Gerhard Meixner .... producer
Koji Nelissen .... assistant producer
Hengameh Panahi .... producer
Roman Paul .... producer
Jeroen van den Idsert .... co-producer
Yani .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jina Sumedi 
 
Cinematography by
Antoine Héberlé 
 
Film Editing by
Sander Vos 
 
Production Design by
Olivier Meidinger 
 
Art Direction by
Bashir Abu Rabi'a 
 
Set Decoration by
Samir Hawa (2005)
 
Costume Design by
Walid Mawed 
 
Production Management
Baher Agbariya .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sabina Franke .... first assistant director
Enas I. Muthaffar .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Adrian Baumeister .... dialogue editor
Noemi Hampel .... sound editor
Uwe Haussig .... sound
Matthias Lempert .... sound re-recording mixer
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Marcus Sujata .... adr mixer
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ehab Assal .... assistant camera
Ehab Assal .... focus puller
Miki Berdougo .... electrician
Yana Mitnik .... electrician
Georg Nonnenmacher .... gaffer
François Perrault-Alix .... key grip
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Michael Reuter .... post-production coordinator
Philip Whitfield .... telecine colorist
 
Other crew
Ossama Bawardi .... production crew
Bob Buchholz .... english language director
Feras Jabbour .... production crew
Koji Nelissen .... production intern
Nadia Saah .... publicity and marketing consultant
 
Thanks
Christopher McQuarrie .... thanks
Ed Solomon .... thanks
Alesia Weston .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language
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90 min
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Trivia:
The first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Academy Award.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Khalid speeds away in the green car the camera man is reflected in the car's windows.See more »
Quotes:
Suha:One day things will be better.
Taxidriver Suha:Sounds like you're not from here.
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151 out of 191 people found the following review useful.
powerful film, 6 October 2005
Author: skyritz from United States

I thought this was a very powerful and well-made film. The acting was excellent, as are the script, direction, and cinematography. Perhaps the biggest challenge with a film on such a controversial topic is what position it takes, but as a moderate American Jew, I felt it took as objective a position as possible. It does not push one side or another, but merely tells one story about two men chosen for a suicide bombing mission. I was concerned there might be an attempt to get the viewer to sympathize with the would-be bombers, but did not find that to be the case. Ultimately, the story leads you to sympathize with the families and friends of these men, demonizes those who have led them down this path, and simply humanizes the men themselves. There have been some criticisms of the film for focusing too much on Palestinians and essentially reducing the Israelis in the film to background and setting, but I think this was necessary. This is not a documentary about suicide bombings; it is the story of two of the suicide bombers themselves.

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