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7 items from 2005

Int: Hany Abu-Assad

27 October 2005 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- “I’d rather have Paradise in my head, than live in this hell” Said and Khaled, two young Palestinian men of the West Bank city of Nablus, spend their days working as auto mechanics, drinking tea, smoking hookah and wondering how it must be living in a free country without military posts and the oppression of a foreign army. One day, a middle-aged man approaches them and tells them that their time has come. It becomes clear that they have been recruited by a Palestinian organization that enrolls martyrs for the liberation cause. Said and Khaled have been chosen to carry out a strike against Israeli people in Tel Aviv. In 24 hours, explosives will be strapped around their belly and they will be sent to Tel Aviv, where they will blow themselves up amongst as big a crowd as possible. Their reward: Paradise and the honor of being celebrated as heros. »

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Dutch Film Festival lands in 'Paradise'

9 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

UTRECHT, the Netherlands -- The Dutch-German co-production Paradise Now, about two potential Palestinian terrorists who plan a suicide bomb attack in Tel Aviv, won the Golden Calf for best film at the 25th edition of the Dutch Film Festival. Paradise Now, directed by Dutch-Palestinian Hany Abu-Assad and produced by Bero Beyer for Augustus Film, excelled according to the jury Friday because of the "very believable way in which it deals with bringing a horrifying reality back to human proportions." »

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Palestine selects 'Paradise' as Oscar contender

27 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

AMSTERDAM -- The Dutch co-production Paradise Now, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, on Tuesday was chosen by Palestine as its official contender for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 Academy Awards. It is only the third time that Palestine has selected a film to vie for the Academy Award. Winner of three awards at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, Paradise Now deals with two potential suicide bombers who plan an attack on Tel Aviv. »

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EFA announces short list for nominees

15 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Child, Oscar-nominees Hotel Rwanda, A Very Long Engagement and As It Is In Heaven, and controversial suicide-bomber drama Paradise Now are among the films that made the short list Thursday for nominees for this year's European Film Awards. The EFA's 1,600 members will choose European Film Award nominees from this list. The European Film Awards, Europe's top film prizes, will be awarded in Berlin Dec. 3. The selection holds few surprises. In addition to The Child, Cannes Competition entry Cache, which won the best director Palme for Michael Haneke; Lars Von Trier's Manderlay; and Don't Come Knocking, from director and EFA president Wim Wenders, also made the cut. »

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'Broken Flowers' in San Sebastian sidebar

26 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MADRID -- The 53rd annual San Sebastian International Film Festival announced Friday that it has brought together 12 favorites of the past festival season for its Zabaltegi-Festival Top sidebar. The section includes Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers and Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know. Other films included are: Woody Allen's Match Point, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's Inside Deep Throat, Hany Abu-Assad's Paradise Now and Carlos Reygadas' Batalla en el Cielo. Abel Ferrara's Mary will open the event. »

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WIP brings 'Paradise' to U.S.

23 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Independent Pictures has acquired North American and U.K. rights to Paradise Now, the controversial drama from Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad that tracks the final 48 hours in the lives of two Palestinian suicide bombers, WIP president Mark Gill said Tuesday. The deal was negotiated by Paul Federbush, WIP's senior vp production and acquisitions, and by Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie of sales agent Celluloid Dreams on behalf of the filmmakers. The film, co-written by Abu-Assad and co-producer Bero Beyer of Augustus Film, bowed last week at the Berlin International Film Festival amid protesters who objected to the humanization of Palestinian suicide bombers. The film went on to win the AGICOA'sBlue Angel Award for the best European film, the Amnesty International Film Prize and the Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Prize. »

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African Carmen wins Berlin fest's Golden Bear

21 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BERLIN -- The 55th Berlin International Film Festival ended -- literally -- on a high note. The closing evening saw opera singer Pauline Malefane, the star of the Berlin's Golden Bear winner U-Carmen eKayelitsha, hold up the golden statuette and belt out an impromptu aria in her native Xhosa language. That Berlin's jury, headed by director Roland Emmerich, picked Mark Dornford-May's ambitious opera adaptation for the Festival's top honor came as a complete surprise to critics and handicappers at this year's event. In fact, Hany Abu-Assad's controversial Paradise Now, which tracks the final 48 hours in the lives of two Palestinian suicide bombers, was so heavily tipped to win that one major German wire service erroneously announced early Saturday that Paradise Now had taken the top prize. But in retrospect, it is easy to see the appeal of U-Carmen eKayelitsha. Set in South Africa's poor Kayelitsha township, the film combines fast-paced editing and camera tricks with a story and score based on Georges Bizet's classic Carmen, adapted and sung entirely in Xhosa. »

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