Synopsis:

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.

Sameh Zoabi:

Sameh Zoabi was born and raised in Iksal, near the city of Nazareth. Zoabi graduated from Tel Aviv University with a double major in Film Studies and English Literature. Zoabi then received a Fulbright scholarship to study film at Columbia University, earning an M.F.A. in 2005. A selection of Zoabi’s remarkable work includes a short film entitled BE QUIET (2005), for which she received an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature film, MAN WITHOUT A CELL PHONE (2010), won several audience awards as well as the Golden Antigone at the 2011 Montpellier Film Festival. Soon after, Zoabi wrote the original script for THE IDOL (2015), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. More recently, Zoabi premiered her feature film, TEL AVA ON FIRE (2018) at the Toronto Film Festival and at the 75th Venice International Film Festival, where the film received the Orizzonti Award for Best Actor.

Cast

Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Nadim Sawalha

Director

Sameh Zoabi

Screenplay

Dan Kleinman, Sameh Zoabi

Director of Photography

Laurent Brunet

Editor

Catherine Schwartz

Music

André Dziezuk

Production

Samsa Film, TS Productions, Artémis Productions, Lama Films (IL)

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