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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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Ricardo Hernández Anzola (Inspired by his story for Mejor es que Gabriela no se Muera), Dan Kleinman | 1 more credit »
10 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on 2 September 2018. See more »

Soundtracks

Raafat Al Haggan music
Written by Ammar El Sherei
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This movie is on FIRE!
14 August 2019 | by peeedeee-94281See all my reviews

I watched this and I loved it! I really liked the fact that you couldn't predict where it was going. Sure, it wasn't going to end 'badly', like people dying, but the end game as definitely not given up. That's what kept me gripped. The humor is very well done, very subtle, as is the political aspects of this movie. I like that the director wanted to remind people of how life is in the occupied territories, but not in a lecturing manner. And we don't get beaten over the head with it either. Some people have commented on the portrayal of Salam, and how the actor seems to just be wrong for the role. I beg to differ. I think he's perfect! The whole hilarious aspect of this is that he's kind of bumbling his way to the top. He's very imperfect, and bad things happen to him, but then turn into good things. It's just funny how everything just works out, so that's part of the charm of it. If he was a verbose, charismatic person, it would distract from the soap opera acting on the set within the film. The best thing about this film is that everyone plays an important part in moving the story forward to the final outcome, even the shopkeeper with the expired canned hummus. No single actor or character steals scenes, everyone plays their parts and does a good job of it. The ending is definitely the best 'twist' ending I've seen in a long time! Highly recommended if you want to watch a feel-good movie set in a difficult, politically charged environment.


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Country:

Luxembourg | Israel | France | Belgium

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

3 April 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Tel Aviv on Fire 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:

$506,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,548,893
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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