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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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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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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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Official Sites:

Artémis Productions

Country:

Luxembourg | Belgium | Israel | France

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

3 April 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Liepsnojantis Tel Avivas See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,545, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$233,528
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Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

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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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Easy watching on a serious subject
4 August 2019 | by nyccentsSee all my reviews

A fairly lighthearted but insightful look at life of the middle-class in Jerusalem and Ramallah-- as seen by having a Palestinian screenwriter who lives in Jerusalem travel to work in Ramallah and his daily interactions with the Israeli border-patrol chief..

The film is a little slow, and the main character is made out to be a little too dull, however on the whole the film has a charm and addresses a subject rarely broached. It's an interestingly balanced portrayal of the people on both sides caught in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As characters in this film, both the Israeli soldiers and the Palestinian film makers are more human than political agents, and yet both are rooted in their respective historical contexts making it hard to get to the next level of cooperation with each other. The film plays around with alternate narratives.

The film writer/director is actually an Israeli Palestinian, giving the film much authenticity.


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