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Paradise Now

Paradise Now

by Hany Abu-Assad

Palestine

 

Paradise Now

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Script: Hany Abu-Assad, Bero Beyer

Cinematographer: Antoine Héberlé

Editing: Sander Vos

Art Director: Olivier Meidinger

Sound: Uve Haussig

Cast: Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Amer Hlehel, Hiam Abbass, Ashraf Barhoum

Production: Augustus Film, Razor Film, Lumen Films, Lama Films, Arte France Cinéma, Hazazah Film

Distribution:
Haut et Court Distribution
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75009 Paris
France
Phone: 0033 1.55.31.27.27
Fax: 0033 1.55.31.27.28
Mail: distribution@hautetcourt.com
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Year: 2005

Screening: 2019, 2012

35 mm, Colour, 87 min, 
OV Arabic with French Subtitles

Berlin Film Festival 2005
Selected and awarded in numerous International Film Festivals

Two Palestinian childhood friends Khaled and Saïd are chosen for a suicide attack in Tel-Aviv. Volunteers in a guard duty for several years, they cannot or don’t want to break the moral commitment binding them. They spend their last evening with their families, yet they are unable to say goodbye to them. The next day, they are taken to the borders with their belts loaded with explosives. However, the operation does not take place as expected… Khaled and Saïd are lead to carry out such extreme act because they cannot bear living in their occupied country. Yet, this decision is not entirely theirs: extremists manipulated them into accepting it…

"I was interested in telling a story from within, starting not from the act itself but from the process leading these men to carry out such deeds." Hani Abu-Assad

The intolerable Israeli-Palestinian conflict is here seen from the Palestinian side.

 

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