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Out in the Dark -- A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sites of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimr and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.


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Yael Shafrir (co-writer) &
Michael Mayer (co-writer)
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27 September 2013 (USA) See more »
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A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The story is surely lovely, but it leaves a lot of questions unanswered See more (26 total) »


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Nicholas Jacob ... Nimer Mashrawi

Michael Aloni ... Roy Schaffer
Jamil Khoury ... Nabil Mashrawi (as Jameel Khouri)

Alon Pdut ... Gil
Loai Nofi ... Mustafa N'amna (as Loai Noufi)
Khawlah Hag-Debsy ... Hiam Mashrawi (as Khawlah Haj)
Maysa Daw ... Abir Mashrawi
Shimon Mimran ... Daniel

Moris Cohen ... Shabak 1 (as Morris Cohen)
Tal Elimelech ... Shabak 2
Majd Bitar ... Bashar

Alon Oleartchik ... Eitan Schaffer

Chelli Goldenberg ... Rina Schaffer (as Cheli Goldenberg)
Huda Al Imam ... Psychologist
Tony Haddad ... Social Worker
Michael Teplitzky ... Roman
Rami Kashy ... Soldier (as Rami Kashi)
Karam Dabas ... Waseem
Gidon Ucko ... News Anchor
Salam Hassan ... Amar
Didi Lubetzky ... Policeman 1
Alex Kipper ... Policeman 2
Yossi Algim ... Body Guard
Yoav Goldwein ... Bartender
Monica Haim ... Lady on Yacht
Yaniv Goldschmidt ... Skipper
Andrew Abado ... Gang Member 1
Amir Abado ... Gang Member 2
George Asali ... Driver
Guy Martin Lahav ... Guy on Street
Adi Shaulov ... Police Dispatcher
Chamudi Arabi ... Friend at Wake
Rabia Asadi ... Friend at Wake
Tiran Salam Ganaiim ... Friend at Wake
Khader Khouri ... Friend at Wake
Georgette Abou Ali Fadicha ... Friend at Wake (as Georgettte Abou Ali Fadicha)

Directed by
Michael Mayer 
Writing credits
Yael Shafrir (co-writer) &
Michael Mayer (co-writer)

Produced by
Michael Mayer .... producer
Lihu Roter .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Holden 
Michael Lopez 
Cinematography by
Ran Aviad 
Film Editing by
Maria Gonzales 
Casting by
Hila Yuval 
Art Direction by
Sharon Eagle 
Costume Design by
Hamada Atallah 
Makeup Department
Keren Assaf .... key makeup artist
Ann Hasson .... makeup artist
Gal Michael .... additional makeup
Production Management
Moti Adiv .... production manager
Gil Elnekave .... production manager
Ofir Goldman .... unit production manager
Marc Grey .... set manager
David Pearl .... set manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ehab Bahous .... first assistant director
Rafael Leibowitz .... additional first assistant director
Noga Levy .... second second assistant director
Maria Magaril .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ranit Amir .... property master
Sound Department
Asher Dahan .... sound mixer
Elior Damol .... boom operator
Martin Lopez .... supervising sound editor
Allison Ross .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Alec Hart .... visual effects supervisor
Alex Osmolovsky .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Yaniv Alpert .... additional best boy
Eli Arenson .... first assistant camera
Avishay Azulay .... additional gaffer
Raanan Berger .... additional second assistant camera
Yevgeny Bukhdruker .... second assistant camera
Yoni Glazer .... best boy
Leon Grin .... additional second assistant camera
Uri Imerglik .... gaffer
Nir Kaplan .... key grip
David Markievich .... additional gaffer
Eric Raphael Mizrahi .... additional second assistant camera (as Eric Mizrahi)
Zamir Nega .... additional first assistant camera
Guy Rubenstein .... additional first assistant camera
Felix Solomonik .... additional gaffer
Eli Turgeman .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Raafat Hattab .... costumer
Hiba Salameh .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Iddo Lahman .... additional assistant editor
Holly Sachi .... assistant editor
Anat Salomon .... assistant editor
Tahel Sofer .... additional assistant editor
Ifat Tadmor .... additional assistant editor
Location Management
Hagai Benkuzari .... location manager
Alon Fabishevich .... location manager
Oren Rosenfeld .... location manager
Transportation Department
Avi Cohen .... transportation
Other crew
Rozeen Bisharat .... script supervisor
Justin Cook .... video publicity: US
Shmuel Gilor .... production coordinator
Matt Johnstone .... publicist: festival

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96 min
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Miscellaneous: The credits spell Roy's last name as "Schaffer" but the business card he passes Nimer says "Sheffer."See more »
Eitan Schaffer:You can't forget where you live.
Roy Schaffer:What are you trying to say?
Eitan Schaffer:You know the kind of cases we handle at the firm.
Roy Schaffer:Are you worried about the firm?
Eitan Schaffer:I'm worried about you, Roy.
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The story is surely lovely, but it leaves a lot of questions unanswered, 30 August 2016
Author: Tom C from .

I watched the movie knowing about the accusation of "pinkwashing", and having watched this movie, I have to agree to a certain extent that there is some sort of propaganda in this film. Being funded by Israel Film Fund should be a big red flag, as it had to somehow approve the script before the film got filmed. I had no idea that Israel is so gay-friendly before watching the film, but the almost rigid "Israel, gay haven; Palestine, hell on earth" seems too unrealistic, given that there are other Israeli films that say the otherwise ("Yossi & Jagger", for example). And personally I find the description of Israel as a gay haven not so credible too, given that it is a highly religious place and is somehow still socially conservative, but correct me if I am wrong.

The opening of the film resembles 2011's "Weekend" a lot, as pointed out by other reviewers too. However, don't expect "Out In The Dark" to have the same emotional depth as the other critically acclaimed film - the characters in "Out In The Dark" are almost all one- dimensional. Roy seems to exist in the film only to love Nimer unconditionally; there is no attempt to explain his love for Nimer or why he would try so hard to be together with Nimer. The plot seems out of touch with reality and even ridiculous because we all know how shallow gay men can be, and without explaining why Roy is attracted to Nimer beyond his physical beauty, the plot falls apart easily.

But this movie isn't all bad. Beyond the occasional gaps in the film, which require the audience's full attention to really understand the whole picture, the movie has touched on some universal topics in the LGBT+ community that we must all acknowledge: forbidden love, the fear of being kicked out and disowned by one's family, and the fragility of same-sex relationships. The main actors, though being limited by the feeble script, played the characters well and are obviously eye candies, so if you're watching this movie, you're in for a treat.

I would recommend this movie because it reminds us of the fact that beyond the golden surface of the contemporary LGBT+ community, there are still people in the world struggling to survive because of their sexual orientations. And the relationship portrayed in the film, though shallow, shows the strength of what we can do if we come together in this fight towards ignorance and prejudice.

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