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Palestine / France / Germany / Colombia / Norway / Qatar / United Arab Emirates
2017, 96 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2018

After many years in Italy, architect Shadi returns home to Nazareth for his sister’s wedding. And as an old Palestinian custom dictates, he and his father are to deliver the wedding invitations in person. Written and directed with care, the film takes viewers on a poignant journey toward mutual respect, out of which emerges a comprehensive mosaic of contemporary, if often contradictory, Palestine.


Synopsis

After many years in Italy, architect Shadi returns home to Nazareth for his sister’s wedding. And as an old Palestinian custom dictates, he and his father are to hand out the wedding invitations in person. Short visits with relatives and acquaintances draw the two men into a number of opinionated exchanges. Their relationship serves to represent the clash between the more modern viewpoint of a well-traveled aesthete and the more conservative perspective of a traditionally-minded longtime resident. But instead of predictable stereotypes, we are presented with a nuanced study of diverging values. Written and directed with care, the film takes us on a poignant journey toward mutual respect, out of which emerges a comprehensive mosaic of contemporary, if often contradictory, Palestine.

Ondřej Pavlík

About the director

Annemarie Jacir (b. 1974, Bethlehem, Palestine). Filmography: Salt of This Sea (Milh hadha al-bahr, 2008), When I Saw You (Lamma shoftak, 2012), Wajib (2017)

Contacts

Pyramide International
32 rue de l’Echiquier, 750 10, Paris
France
Tel: +33 142 960 220
Fax: +33 140 200 551
E-mail: [email protected]
www: www.pyramidefilms.com

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Annemarie Jacir
Screenplay: Annemarie Jacir
Music: Koo Abu Ali
Editor: Jacques Comets
Art Director: Antoine Heberle
Producer: Ossama Bawardi
Production: Philistine Films
Coproduction: JBA production, Cactus World Films, Metafora Productions, Klinkerfilm, Ciudad Lunar, Ape&Bjørn, Snow Globe Film, Shortcut Films
Cast: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri
Sales: Pyramide International

Guests

Ossama Bawardi

Producer, Screenwriter

Anas Azarak

Producer, TV Representative


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