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Tel Aviv on Fire (2018)

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Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the ... See full summary »

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Sameh Zoabi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kais Nashif ... Salam Abbass
Lubna Azabal ... Tala / Manal aka Rachel
Yaniv Biton ... Captain Assi Tzur
Maisa Abd Elhadi ... Mariam
Nadim Sawalha ... Bassam
Salim Dau ... Atef
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ... General Yehuda Edelman
Amer Hlehel Amer Hlehel ... Nabil
Laëtitia Eïdo ... Maisa
Ashraf Farah ... Marwan
Ula Tabari ... Sarah
Yazan Doubal ... Marwan's Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shifi Aloni
Negweny El Assal Negweny El Assal ... Doctor
Alma Hemmo Alma Hemmo ... Female soldier
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Storyline

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

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The Comedy That Crosses Borders and Breaks Boundaries

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Luxembourg | Belgium | Israel | France

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

3 April 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Feu à Tel Aviv See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,545, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$459,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,502,550
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Awards:
  • Grand Prix et Prix du Jury Jeune au Festival International des Jeunes Réalisateurs de Saint-Jean-de-Luz (France, 2018)
  • Grand Prix de la Critique au Festival Intentional de la Comédie de Liège (Belgique 2018)
  • Prix JAM de La Musique à André Dziezuk au Festivel Cinemed (France 2018)
  • Prix François Chalais du Svénario à Sameh Zoabi et Dan Kleinman aux Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cannes (France, 2018).
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I finally like soap operas. At least one of them!
9 April 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

Tel Aviv on Fire is a jubilant comedy about Israel and Palestine, grazing the absurd on serious subjects. The interactions between the different characters from either Israel or Palestine are a veritable delight. The movie Tel Aviv on Fire is about the shooting of an eponymous soap opera, a kind of an imaginary remake of the pathetic and immortal The Young and the Restless (1973), taking place in Tel Aviv and dealing with love between Israelis and Palestinians, during the Six-Day War, with spies, double agents, generals, terrorists and tutti quanti.

The movie is essentially based on these three characters: 1) Tala is the lead actress within the soap opera, coming from France. She is a middle-aged starlet, a seductive and manipulative woman, and regularly gazes at her own navel. She is played by Lubna Azabal, moving and sublime in Incendies (2010). 2) Salam is a somewhat clumsy but endearing man who, thanks to a happy combination of circumstances, will be promoted co-scriptwriter on the series. Of course, as human as he is, he will use his new position, a bit for himself, in order to win back his beloved darling. 3) Assi is a guard at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, and is terribly imbued with his person to a point that makes him hilarious. His megalomania allows him to interfere in writing the script!

This movie is definitely a must see: the trio Lubna Azabal, Kais Nashif and Yaniv Biton is a 'bomb' (an absurd and two-penny joke, freely inspired from the movie).


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