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Tel Aviv on Fire (2018)

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
Lubna Azabal ... Tala
Yaniv Biton ... Assi
Maisa Abd Elhadi ... Mariam
Nadim Sawalha ... Bassam
Salim Dau ... Atef
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid ... Yehuda
Amer Hlehel Amer Hlehel ... Nabil
Laëtitia Eïdo ... Maisa
Ashraf Farah ... Marwan
Ula Tabari ... Sarah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shifi Aloni
Yazan Doubal Yazan Doubal ... Marwan's Friend
Negweny El Assal Negweny El Assal ... Doctor
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Official Sites:

Artémis Productions

Country:

Luxembourg | Belgium | Israel | France

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

2 September 2018 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Tel Aviv Al HaEsh See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Budget:

€2,700,000 (estimated)
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The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2018. See more »

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A soap opera of a soap opera
10 September 2018 | by chong_anSee all my reviews

Salam's uncle is the producer of Tel Aviv on Fire, a spy thriller / soap opera aimed at Palestinians but the show is also popular with Israelis (especially women). Salam is hired as dialect coach, but gets promoted to writer after his meddling causes the chief writer to quit. Salam tries to draw on family and friends for inspiration, but falls under the influence of the commander of the checkpoint he has to cross twice daily. The commander helps with script ideas, but pushes for the show to become more pro-Israeli. Meanwhile, his uncle, and the show's backers, have other ideas, trying to deal with their own trauma of Palestinian losses due to the six-day war.

This is an amusing yarn, with Salam being pulled in all directions by people with different agendas, while trying to fill a script and chasing a girl. Good lightweight entertainment from a film with a Palestine / Israel location.


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