Tel Aviv on Fire

UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW PRESENTS
TEL AVIV ON FIRE/FEU À TEL AVIV (Venice Film Festival Winner)

Opens in Toronto at Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas (2190 Yonge Street) on Friday, August 2, 2019.

Opens in Montreal at Cinéma du Parc (English – 3575 Park Avenue), Cinéma Beaubien (French- 2396 Rue Beaubien E), Cinéma du Musée (English and French-1379-A Sherbrooke Street W).

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict gets a clever comic sendup in Tel Aviv on Fire” – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

Zoabi’s imagining of the soap, itself called “Tel Aviv on Fire,” is the film’s masterstroke, reproducing all the outrageous plot twists and visual excesses of the genre.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

An hysterically funny modern fable of an underemployed Kramer-esque Palestinian” – Anne Brodie, What She Said

Synopsis:
Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera, “Tel Aviv on Fire,” which is produced in Ramallah. Every day Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. He meets the commander of the check-point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show. In order to impress her, Assi gets involved in the writing of the show.
Salam soon realizes that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career catches fire, until Assi and the soap’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Squeezed between an Army Officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke.

CAST: Kais Nashif (Looking for Oum Kulthum, Awakening), Lubna Azabal (Sofia, Coriolanus), Yaniv Bitcon (HaKalmarim, The Jews Are Coming ), Masisa Abd Elhadi (The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, Man Without a Cell Phone), Nadim Sawahlha (Captain Abu Raed,The Avengers)

DIRECTOR: Sameh Zoabi (Under the Same Sun, Man Without a Cell Phone)

WRITERS: Dan Kleinman (Ultra Warrior, Tales from the Darkside) and Sameh Zoabi

Running Time: 100 minutes

Phone Interviews with Director Sameh Zoabi available on request.

Sameh Zoabi was born and raised in Iksal, a Palestinian village near the city of Nazareth. He graduated from Tel Aviv University with a dual degree in Film Studies and English Literature. Zoabi then received a Fulbright Fellowship to study Filmmaking at Columbia University, earning an M.F.A. in 2005. Zoabi’s work has been shown in many international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Sundance, Karlovy Vary, and New York Film Festival. A selection of Zoabi’s notable work includes a short film titled Be Quiet (2005) for which received a prize at the Cannes Film Festival-Cinefondation Selection. His feature film debut, Man Without a Cell Phone (2010), won several audience awards as well as the Golden Antigone at the 2011 Montpellier Film Festival. His second feature film, Under the Same Sun (2013) was about peace between Israel and Palestinians. Most recently, Zoabi wrote the original script of The Idol (2015), directed by Hany Abu Assad, which had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Online Screener and Press Materials available upon request.

Unobstructed View is a full-service distributor with direct relationships and a commitment to tailor distribution strategies across all platforms, from theatrical release to home video, VOD, and television. Owned by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Unobstructed View owns a catalog of hundreds of film and TV titles and has ongoing distribution agreements with Film Movement, Kino Lorber, and Synapse, just to name a few. Recent and upcoming film and TV releases include TIFF Selections Past Life and In Between, Sundance selection Lords of Chaos, Canadian film First Round Down, and Berlin selection Vai.

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In Between

Unobstructed View
Presents

IN BETWEEN (BAR BAHAR)

 

IN BETWEEN ((BAR BAHAR) Official Trailer (2017)

IN BETWEEN ((BAR BAHAR) will screen at Iris Prize In Cardiff, 11th – 15th October 2017 https://www.irisprize.org/film/in-between-bar-bahar/?t=f&cat=26&prog=1&i=3855 For more info visit http://www.peccapics.com/ – IN BETWEEN (BAR BAHAR) follows the lives of three strong, independent minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv.

?Remarkably assured, stirring and revelatory debut feature ?
? New Internationalist (5 stars)

?By serendipity or prophetic insight or some combination of the two, it?s a perfect movie for the moment.?
? A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Hamoud?s clever, nuanced screenplay offers a critique of traditional, patriarchal Palestinian society, threatened by modernity, feminine power, and the court of public opinion.”
? Alissa Simon, Variety Magazine

?IN BETWEEN hails from Israel, and is one of the best recent films to come out of that country, or anywhere for that matter. It works as both a cri de coeur and the movie equivalent of a pageturner.?
? Kent Turner, Film Forward

 

 

 

Canadian theatrical run begins in Vancouver on February 9, 2018, at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street).
Opens in Toronto on February 16, 2018, at Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas (2190 Yonge Street).

Selected Awards:
NETPAC Award: Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Best Film: San Sebasti?n International Film Festival 2016
Best Debut Feature Film: Haifa International Film Festival 2016
FIRPRESCI Prize: Istanbul International FIlm Festival 2017
Best Film: Award of the Israeli Film Academy 2017
Best Director: Award of the Israeli Film Academy 2017

Official Selections:
2016 Toronto International Film Festival
2016 San Sebasti?n International Film Festival
2016 Haifa International Film Festival
2016 Zagreb Film Festival
2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival
2017 G?teborg International Film Festival
2017 Miami Jewish Film Festival
2017 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
2017 Glasgow Film Festival
2017 Kosmorama-Trondheim International Film Festival
2017 Cleveland International Film Festival
2017 Sarasota Film Festival
2017 Istanbul International Film Festival
2017 Chicago Palestinian Film Festival
2017 Berkshire International Film Festival
2017 Jeonju International Film Festival
2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
2017 Odessa International Film Festival
2017 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
2017 Montreal Israeli Film Festival
2017 Ottawa Israeli Film Festival
2017 Toronto Palestinean Film Festival
2017 Hamilton AGH World Film Festival
2017 Rainbow Visions Film Festival
2017 Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
2017 Inside Out Film Festival

IN BETWEEN is Arab-Israeli female director Maysaloun Hamoud’s feature debut, about three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv who find themselves doing the same balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom. Lalia, a criminal lawyer, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, a DJ and bartender, starts a budding relationship with a female medical intern. And their new roommate Nur is a younger, religious Muslim university student whose conservative fianc? is horrified by her secular friends.

CAST: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura (SAND STORM 2016), Mahmoud Shalaby
DIRECTOR: Maysaloun Hamoud (Women in Motion Young Talents Award, Cannes Film Festival 2017)
WRITER: Maysaloun Hamoud

Running Time: 102 minutes

Phone interviews with Director-Writer Maysaloun Hamoud available upon request.
Online Screener and Press Materials available upon request.

Unobstructed View (previously known as Video Services Corp.) is a full-service distributor with direct relationships and a commitment to tailor distribution strategies across all platforms, from theatrical release to home video, VOD, and television. Owned by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Unobstructed View owns a catalog of hundreds of film and TV titles and has ongoing distribution agreements with Magnolia Pictures, Film Movement, Kino Lorber and Synapse, just to name a few. Upcoming film and TV releases include the 2017 Cannes opening night film, Ismael’s Ghosts and Venice selection The Cousin.

For more information, please contact:

Winnie Wong
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416-456-0990

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Official Trailer

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World opens July 26 at Film Forum in New York before expanding to cities across the country. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America.

“Revelatory in almost every sense.?Astoundingly rich and resonant.”
?Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

“Eye-opening. Irresistible for popular music lovers.”
?Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Audience Award ? Hot Docs Film Festival 2017

Best Canadian Documentary ? Hot Docs Film Festival 2017

Special Jury Prize for Masterful Storytelling ? Sundance Film Festival 2017

Best Music Documentary ? Boulder Film Festival 2017

 

This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie,

Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

The idea for RUMBLE came about when guitarist Stevie Salas, an Apache Indian and one of the film’s Executive Producers, realized that no one outside of the music business knew about the profound contribution of these Native musicians. Renewed attention to this missing chapter in the history of American music led to the publishing of?Brian Wright-McLeod?s The Encyclopedia of Native Music, an exhibit at the?Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and eventually this documentary.

Winner of a Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award and Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs, RUMBLE features interviews with musicians, historians, and experts including: Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, Stevie Salas, Quincy Jones, John Trudell, Steven Tyler, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Pura Fe Crescioni (Ulali), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Slash (Guns ?N? Roses), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Vegas (Redbone), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), and Taylor Hawkins (The Foo Fighters).

Now playing

Past Life

Unobstructed View presents

 

Past Life

A film by Avi Nesher

Opens July 14 in Toronto at Cineplex Canada Square Cinemas

Official Selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Palm Springs Film Festival 2017

?In his best film yet, director Avi Nesher expertly builds suspense for a vital, accessible character driven drama.? – Alissa Simon, Variety

 

Past Life Trailer

Buy Tickets: https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/past-life-hebrew-german-west Inspired by true events, Past Life tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one is an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor.

 

TORONTO – Already considered by many critics to be his best film to date, Past Life is the latest from acclaimed Israeli director Avi Nesher (The Matchmaker,?Turn Left at the End of the World). After premiering at TIFF last year to critical acclaim, Past Life is returning to Toronto on July 14 for a full theatrical run at the Cineplex Canada Square Cinemas, from Unobstructed View (formerly Video Services Corp.)

Set in 1977 and based on a true story, Past Life is a spellbinding tale that tracks the trans-European odyssey of two sisters as they try to unravel a wartime mystery that has cast a shadow on their lives. Sephi is an ?aspiring composer, determined to succeed in the male-dominated classical music world. Her older sister Nana is a scandal-sheet journalist and aspiring playwright. The daughters of Holocaust survivors, the two are bent on uncovering the truth behind a dark family secret.

The film was inspired by Dr. Baruch Milch?s book Can Heaven Be Void?, which is based on a diary he kept during WWII, and the extremely difficult decisions he had to face during this time. The son of Holocaust survivors, writer/director Nesher also has a personal connection to the story.

?My parents survived the Holocaust – that is a fact. But how they managed to come out of the inferno that has killed six million Jews – I will never know for sure. There is the official version but there are also rumours,? says Director Nesher. ?I have never dared ask my parents about this particular part of their history and my very reluctance to do so has always troubled me.?

 

About Unobstructed View Inc.

Unobstructed View Inc. (previously known as Video Services Corp.) is a full-service distributor with direct relationships and a commitment to tailor distribution strategies across all platforms, from theatrical release to home video, VOD, and television. Owned by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Unobstructed View owns a catalog of hundreds of film and TV titles and has ongoing distribution agreements with Magnolia Pictures, Film Movement, Kino Lorber and Synapse, just to name a few. Upcoming film and TV releases include TIFF Selections Past Life and In Between, Sundance selection As You Are, Canadian film First Round Down and C?zanne et Moi.

 

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For more info contact Daniela Ponce – [email protected] – 647 239 3034

First Round Down

FIRST ROUND DOWN’s run is officially extended until Thursday, May 18, 2017,?at the Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St.

The Canadian theatrical run began, in Toronto, on Friday, May 5, 2017 at The Carlton Cinema.

 

FIRST ROUND DOWN – Official Trailer #2

A former hockey star turned hitman returns home after ten years to take care of his younger brother, but his checkered past catches up with him faster than he can deliver pizza. Stars Dylan Bruce (“Orphan Black,” “American Gothic,” “Midnight, Texas;” Kristian Bruun (“Orphan Black,” “Murdoch Mysteries”); Rachel Wilson (“Republic of Doyle”) and John Kapelos (The Breakfast Club) In Theatres May 2017!

?First Round Down is working class Tarantino, a scrappy crime story that proudly wears its low budget status on its sleeve, wisely investing in story and characters instead of oversized set pieces.??- Richard Crouse, CTV NewsChannel

?(First Round Down) is a wild film and I really enjoyed watching it.? -?Tom Power, q on CBC

?First Round Down is definitively Canadian and worth checking out if you?re into heists, dark humour, and locker room jokes, all packaged in a meticulous and stylish visual design of course.??- Ada Wong, Toronto Film Scene

?Violent, heartfelt and funny…dynamic camerawork???– Albert DeSantis, View Magazine

?Grosse Pointe Blank meets Slap Shot???- Russell Bowers, CBC Radio

?Could be the most iconic Canadian film since Porky?s??- Russell Gragg, CKDU Radio

Official Selections:
2016 Atlantic Film Festival ? World Premiere
2016 Edmonton Film Festival
2016 Hamilton Film Festival
2016 Grand River Film Festival
2016 Gasparilla International Film Festival ? US Premiere
2017 Sonoma International Film Festival
2017 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
2017 Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

 

FIRST ROUND DOWN?revolves around Tim Tucker, a former hockey prodigy, who returns home to take care of his younger brother after their parents die. Having spent the last ten years as a hit man for the mob, Tim now lives on the straight and narrow as a pizza delivery driver, laying low and paying the bills. However, a chance encounter with his former girlfriend, coupled with the Sterling Cup reunion and the untimely arrival of his old mob boss in town has Tim?s checkered past catching up to him faster than he can plan one final heist to move on once and for all.

?Our inspiration came from being hockey players growing up with the dream of putting on an NHL jersey,? said co-writers and directors Jason and Brett Butler, ?but when the reality set in that that wasn?t happening, the question became what do you do with all that competitive aggression now that you no longer have the outlet that hockey provided? Tim Tucker is a representation of that.?

CAST: Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black,?Midnight, Texas), Rachel Wilson (Republic of Doyle, The Kennedys, Bomb Girls), Rob Ramsay (Blue Mountain State, Anne) , Peter MacNeill (Rookie Blue, A History of Violence) , Percy Hynes-White (Night at the Museum 3, Murdoch Mysteries), John Kapelos (The Breakfast Club), Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black, Murdoch Mysteries)

DIRECTORS and WRITERS: The Butler Brothers – Brett M. Butler and Jason G. Butler (Mourning has Broken, Confessions of an Unmarried Couple)

Running Time: 98 minutes

Interviews with The Butler Brothers, Rachel Wilson, Rob Ramsay and Peter MacNeill are available by request.
Also, available by request, phoners with Dylan Bruce and Kristian Bruun.

Online Screener and Press Materials available upon request.

About Unobstructed View
Unobstructed View (previously known as Video Services Corp.) is a full-service distributor with direct relationships and a commitment to tailor distribution strategies across all platforms, from theatrical release to home video, VOD, and television. Owned by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Unobstructed View owns a catalog of hundreds of film and TV titles and has ongoing distribution agreements with Magnolia Pictures, Film Movement, Kino Lorber and Synapse, just to name a few. Upcoming film and TV releases include TIFF Selections Past Life and In Between, Sundance selection?As You Are, Canadian film?First Round Down?and?C?zanne et Moi.