The Idol

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The Idol

by Hany Abu-Assad




Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Script: Hany Abu-Assad, Sameh Zoabi

Cinematographer: Ehab Assal

Editing: Eyas Salman

Art Director: Nael Kanj

Music: Habib Shehadeh Hanna

Cast: Qais Atallah, Hiba Atallah, Ahmed Qassim, Abd-Elkarim, Abu-Barakeh, Tawfeek Barhom, Dima Awawdeh

Prod: Cactus World Films, Fortress Film Clinic, Full Moon Productions, Idol Films Production, Keyfilm Mezza Terra Media

Tamasa Distribution
5 rue de Charonne
75 011 Paris
Tel: +33.1 43 59 01 01

Year: 2015

Screening: 2020

DCP, Color, 98 min,
O.V. Arabic with French Subtitles

Gaza, a land mainly synonymous with conflict, destruction and despair, is their home and playground for Mohammed Assaf and his sister Nour. It is where they play music, football and build daring plans with their best friends Ahmad and Omar. And even if their group plays with second-hand instruments in a bad state of repair, their ambitions know no bounds. Indeed, Mohammed and Nour decided they would perform at the famous Cairo opera-house and nowhere else! They will probably need their whole lives to fulfil their dream but as Mohammed will discover, some dreams are worth it.

In the Arab world marked by revolutions, civil wars, conflicts and extremist parties, Mohammed’s appearances galvanize people’s minds every week. Every Friday and Saturday night, for a few minutes, the audience could forget their daily hardships and be happy. Mohammed Assaf embodies a new sphere of possibilities: he is the living proof that some dreams can come true and that the impossible can, if only fleetingly, become possible.

Agat Film & Cie,
Alma Films, Depo Film
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