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Paradise Now -- "PARADISE NOW" follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together.
Paradise Now -- Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

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18 November 2005 (USA) See more »
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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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PARADISE NOW...The Face of Human Tragedy See more (149 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 
Pierre Hodgson 

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
Rozemarijn Vermeulen .... assistant 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 Mitnic .... electrician (as Yana Mitnik)
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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Jina Sumedi wrote an original score for the film that ultimately was not used.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Khaled makes his speech for the second time, two of the people watching him are eating pitta. The man with the purple T-shirt is holding the pitta with his right hand in one shot, with his left in the next.See more »
Quotes:
Car Owner:[to Saïd] It's crooked! Just like your father!See more »
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63 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
PARADISE NOW...The Face of Human Tragedy, 5 November 2005
Author: screenwriter-14 from United States

PARADISE NOW, like THE WAR WITHIN, educates an American audience on the tragedy of the complex battle of "Arab vs. Jew" and does so in a film that brings this struggle home to the West Bank and gives us a picture of two friends selected to carry out revenge for the death of fellow Palestinians. Well constructed, realistic, informative and yes, even humanistic in presenting us with characters that we would immediately disregard with hatred and contempt.

The journey taken by the friends is painful, personal and disturbing, in that the killing of Jews will only extend the bombings and killings of more Palestinians within the West Bank. PARADISE NOW shows us that the historical roots of hatred between Arab and Jew is one that will never go away, and the film points out this factor visually in building to the final scene on the bus in Tel Aviv. When the camera narrows down to the eyes of the bomber, surrounded by healthy, happy Israeli soldiers, the intense moment of self destruction is inevitable.

The shots of Tel Aviv, the West Bank, the excellent cast, direction and writing and development of the characters makes PARADISE NOW a very important film to see in 2005.

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