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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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Nicholas Jacob ... Nimr Mashrawi

Michael Aloni ... Roy Schaefer
Jamil Khoury ... Nabil Mashrawi (as Jameel Khoury)
Alon Pdut ... Gil
Loai Nofi ... Mustafa Na'amne (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 Schaefer
Chelli Goldenberg ... Rina Schaefer (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 ... Bodyguard
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

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 Mizrahi .... additional second assistant camera
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
Transportation Department
Avi Cohen .... transportation
Other crew
Hagai Benkuzari .... location manager
Rozeen Bisharat .... script supervisor
Alon Fabishevich .... location manager
Shmuel Gilor .... production coordinator
Matt Johnstone .... publicist: festival

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Nimr Mashrawi:Actually, my dad died when I was twelve so I think it's cool that you get to work with you dad.
Roy Schaefer:I guess it is.
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The new Brokeback Mountain, 16 September 2012
Author: Ray Lahey from Canada

Out in the Dark (2012)

Director Ang Lee made Brokeback Mountain,despite its tragedy, into a beautiful picture: scenic, romantic,and even lyrical. In directing Out in the Dark, his first feature film, Michael Mayer did none of this. But what he did was to make a picture far more powerful in both plot and presentation. Lacking Brokeback's "niceness," Out in the Dark more than compensates by its realism.

The story, written by Mayer and Yael Shafir tells of the romantic relationship between a young well-connected Israeli lawyer and a Palestinian graduate student with an Israeli study permit. But Like Brokeback Mountain, the film avoids simply being a "gay-themed" one by situating their involvement within a wider setting. In the first place each must deal with his family: families unalike in nationality, class, language, culture and religion, but alike in not accepting their son's relationship. But broader social and political situations from which the two young men come pose even more serious obstacles, for the film locates their involvement with one another against the present-day tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In a way the individuals become symbols of these two solitudes, each wanting peace and security, but both slow to recognize that their futures are inseparably bound together.

The film does not lay blame. Nor does it examine the righteousness of either cause. But neither does it pull any punches. It is commendable in its honesty in dealing with both Palestinian fanaticism and the heavy-handed apparatus of the Israeli security services. In fact, it even suggests that in the end these play into the hands of one another. Above all, it evokes the atmosphere of fear under which ordinary citizens on both sides of the concrete walls and chain link fences must live and work daily, and fear's terrible toll on their personal lives.

Although the story is gripping, it is also gritty. There is little brightness here, an obviously deliberate choice of director Mayer and cinematographer Ran Aviad. They have created a visual palette that contributes to the film's effect and to the tension that is a constant thread throughout. As the title suggests, so much of the story must take place in the darkness, both literal and figurative. There are glimpses of tenderness, certainly in scenes of the relationship between the two guys, and to some extent when their families are shown. Still, the bright dawn that all involved must surely dream of never really breaks, and Mayer's ambiguous ending is the only honest one possible.

The film is splendidly cast. Michael Aloni as the young Israeli lawyer, Roy Schaefer, is able to display a wide range of emotions: caring, compassion, filial piety, and throughout everything, a hopefulness. He is credible in his naiveté also, trusting in family even when they fail to understand, and trusting far too much that the apparatus of the state will do what is right. But the performance that dominates the picture is the brilliant one given by Nicholas Jacob as the young Palestinian, Nimr Mashrawi. In his first film role, Jacob, whose parents are Arab-Italian and who grew up in Haifa and Nashville (and who is straight), is utterly convincing – and utterly captivating. He puts on the screen a character, who even in his youth, must confront demons that few will ever know. At the same time Jacob conveys the sense that, whatever the outcomes, Nimr will never let these demons overcome him. Jacob's handling of the part is so true to life as to be memorable.

But the good acting is not confined to the two leads. Alon Pdut does a fine job as an Israeli security official whose concern for the state has made him cold and hard, and who will use any means that serve his ends. Jamil Khouri as Nimr's brother is equally effective as a man caught up in a web of terror from which he cannot free himself. And as Roy's father, Alon Oleartchik comes across as a family head torn asunder by conflicting emotions. In a smaller but vital part, Loai Nofi as Mustafa, an outrageously gay Arab, does well in a role that must be both comic and tragic.

Dark the picture may be, but it is intense. It is a film that could easily be overlooked, but one that will leave an indelible impression when it is seen. Out in the Dark is Brokeback Mountain's worthy successor.

Out in the Dark premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012. It has dialogue in Hebrew and Arabic with English sub-titles. It is being distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures, but a general release date has not yet been announced.

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