Directed by Sameh Zoabi
97 min | Israel| Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
In this cultural satire of the Israeli-Palenstinian conflict, Salam is a lowly assistant on the titular Palenstinian soap opera, which is set just before the 1967 Six-Day War, and is a huge hit on both sides of the border. Hoping to win back his ex, Salam gets his lucky break when he impresses the show’s star and is promoted to writer. But while this renews his ex’s attention, it also draws Assi, an Israeli border guard who finds the show to be anti-Israeli schlock, but whose wife is a big fan. He blackmails Salam into “improving” its script, with surprising success—until Assi and the producers want to take the story in different directions. As the finale approaches, Salam has to devise a resolution that will appease all sides.
Seattle International Film Festival 2019
BEST ACTOR (Venice Horizons section)
& INTERFILM AWARD FOR PROMOTING INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
Venice International Film Festival 2018
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018
ISRAELI FILM COMPETITION, BEST FILM
Haifa International Film Festival 2018
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