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by Hiam Abbass

France, Turkey, Israel



Director: Hiam Abbass

Script: Hiam Abbass, Ala Hlehel, Nadine Naous, Ghazi Albuliwi

Cinematographer: Antoine Héberlé

Editing: Guy Lecompte

Production Designer: Naël Kanj

Sound: Ashi Milo

Music: Loïc Dury

Cast: Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abbass, Yussef Abu Warda, Ashraf Barhoum, Ruba Blal

Prod: Agat Film & Cie, Alma Films, Depo Film

Diaphana Distribution
155, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
75 011 Paris
tél. : 01 53 46 66 66

Year: 2012

Screening: 2019

DCP, Color, 88 mn,
O.V. Hebrew, French, Arabic, English with French Subtitles

A Palestinian family gets together in the north of Galilee to celebrate a wedding, amid a climate of war. When the patriarch falls into a coma, internal conflicts cause family harmony to split open, revealing secrets and lies hidden until then.

It isn’t really the story of my life, even if what Hajar has to do, leaving her country to impose her difference, is rather like what I did. She fights against the dominant social order, refusing to follow the life which is traced out for her so as to take charge of her own life. This character represents a bridge between my past and my present. It evokes memories of my childhood and adolescence. Each character in the film corresponds to someone I knew… War makes everyone question his or her role in society, in the family, in tradition. It makes one take a stand with regard to the weight of heritage, these memories, these traditions which society tries to impose on us. Personally, I felt on the fringes of Israeli society, foreign to its traditions and the way it works. And just as foreign to traditional, Palestinian society, with all its conservative values.” Hiam Abbass.

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