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
Israel/ Palestine, today. 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.
Official Selections:Venice Film Festival 2018 – Best Film (Interfilm Award) and Best Actor (Kais Nashif)
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2019 – Opening Night Film
Sarasota Film Festival 2019 – Best in World Cinema (Audience Award)
Haifa International Film Festival 2018- Best Film (Israeli Film Competition Award)
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018 – Best Screenplay (Dan Kleinman and Sameh Zoabi)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.
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