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Director Suha Arraf is an Arab who considers herself Palestinian, like 20% of Israel’s citizens. She pays Israeli taxes, and carries an Israeli identity card. Her directorial debut, “Villa Touma,” was partially financed by the Israel Film Fund. Her sector of the Israeli population is routinely touted as an example of Israel’s democratic nature and progressive society.
So when Arraf, one of Variety’s 2014 Screenwriters to Watch, took the picture to the Venice Film Fest and listed it as a Palestinian film, she set off a firestorm. The Israeli government — which helps bankroll the fund — demanded it repay its 1.4 million shekel ($356,000) grant.
Late last month Israel’s Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts took steps to avoid the occurrence of a similar fallout, amending the contract it requires all fund recipients to sign to include a declaration that they represent themselves as Israeli on those projects.
“We asked our »
- Debra Kamin
A fantasy film, “The Room” follows Kate and Matt, a young urban couple in their thirties who leave the city and move into an old house in the countryside. And they soon discover a hidden room that has the extraordinary power to materialize their every wish.
Les Films du Poisson is in advanced negotiations with Wild Bunch to hand out international sales rights.
Slated to start shooting during this year’s second half, “The Room” will mark the sophomore film of Volckman, whose debut “Renaissance” sold to more than 40 countries.
Moreh’s follow-up to Oscar-nominated “The Gatekeepers,” “Corridors of Power” will »
- Elsa Keslassy
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