Tel Aviv on Fire

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Tel Aviv on Fire 

by Sameh Zoabi




Director: Sameh Zoabi

Script: Dan Kleinman, Sameh Zoabi

Cinematographer: Laurent Brunet

Editing: Catherine Schwartz

Sound: Alain Sironval

Music: André Dziezuk

Cast: Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Nadim Sawalha, Maïsa Abd Elhadi, Salim Daw, Yousef Sweid

Prod: Samsa Film, TS Productions, Lama Films, Artémis Productions

Haut et Court Distribution
38 rue des Martyrs
75 009 Paris
Tel: 0033 1 55 31 27 27

Year: 2018

Sccreening: 2020

DCP, Color, 97 min,
O.V. Arabic and Hebrew with French Subtitles

Best Actor Venise Film Festival 2018

Salam, 30 years old, lives in Jerusalem. He is Palestinian and a trainee on the film set of the successful Arab series, “Tel Aviv on Fire”. Every morning, he goes across the same checkpoint to get to his job in Ramallah. One day, Salam is arrested by Assi, an Israeli officer and a fan of the series, and to get out of it, Salam pretends to be the series script writer. Entrapped in his own snare, Salam is going to have Assi imposing a new scenario. Obviously, nothing will happen as expected.

The film deals with an aspiring writer who is struggling to find his way in life inside this complex, political reality. To make a comedy, situated in the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was a major challenge. People look on this region and the conflict in a very serious fashion, and any attempt to laugh about it is soon considered as overly superficial. It’s my opinion that using comedy allows very serious questions to be dealt with in a much more subtle way.” Sameh Zoabi

A (fake) script writer, a prisoner of the political situation in his home country, hopes to find freedom through creativity. Laughter as a means of denouncing a dead-end Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Agat Film & Cie,
Alma Films, Depo Film
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