Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine, 2013, 98’
Direction: Hany Abu-Assad
Screenplay: Hany Abu-Assad
Roles: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubani, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat, Waleed Zuaiter
Photography: Ehab Assal
Sound: Raja Dubayah
Editing: Martin Brinkler A.C.E., Eyas Salman
Producers: David Gerson, Waleed Zuaiter
Omar is a baker from Palestine, who climbs over the wall showered with bullets every day to see his girlfriend Nadia. On the other side of the wall he comes down like a pork resistance fighter who is confronted with decisions on how to become a man. The occupied West coast is not aware of pure love, no clean war. The answer to the question of who is the enemy depends on the situation. Friends are captured, tortured and given a choice between life and loyalty. Omar dreams of striking his Israeli oppressors back. However, when an Israeli soldier is killed, Omar is taken into custody and forced by the Israeli army to become an informant. This absurd situation and the crisis of conscience distort confidence and honor. The brutal and beautiful uncertainty of the human condition is the hero of this film just as much as Omar is. We are left to fend for ourselves and the outcomes of our choices, after all our reference points are destroyed.
Abou the autor:
Hany Abu-Assad directed the often-debated 2006 film Paradise Now, which won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and was also nominated for the Academy Award in the same category (representing Palestine). The story of two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Tel Aviv, Paradise Now made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Blue Angel Award for Best European Film, the Berliner Morgenpost Readers‘ Prize and the Amnesty International Award for Best Film. Abu-Assad previously had an international hit with 2002’s Rana’s Wedding, the story of a young Jerusalem woman trying to get married before four o’ clock. Abu-Assad’s other credits include 2011’s English language The Courier, starring Jeffery Dean Morgan, Til Schweiger and Mickey Rourke, and the 2002 documentary, Ford Transit - the portrait of a Ford Transit taxi driver and the resilient inhabitants of Palestinian territories. Abu-Assad was born in Nazareth, Palestine, in 1961. After having studied and worked as an airplane engineer in the Netherlands for several years, Abu- Assad entered the world of cinema as a producer. He produced the 1994 feature film Curfew, directed by Rashid Masharawi. In 1998, Abu-Assad directed his first feature, The 14th Chick, from a script by writer Arnon Grunberg.
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