Tel Aviv on Fire

  • Sameh Zoabi
  • Luxembourg, France, Israel, Belgium
  • 2018
  • 97'
  • Tel Aviv on Fire

Shy and loveable Palestinian Salam is already in his thirties though he hasn’t quite found his way in life. That is why he eagerly takes on an internship with the successful TV soap, Tel Aviv on Fire. In order to reach the studio in Ramallah, Salam has to pass through the checkpoint on a daily basis. This is where he meets Assi, the chief of the Israeli border crossing, who is excited to meet one of the “makers” of his wife’s favorite series. To impress his sweetheart, Assi puts increasing pressure on Salam to design the series according to his preferences. Meanwhile, Salam realizes that Assi’s creative ideas are his big chance to become a screenwriter. When Assi’s demands are no longer compatible with those of the Arab creator’s, Salam is faced with a dilemma. Pressed between an Army Officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final masterstroke. The film won an award for Best Actor in Orizzonti this year in Venice and the prize for promoting interreligious dialogue – Interfilm Award.

Subtitles: HR, EN

Sameh Zoabi

He has an MFA in Film Direction from the School of the Arts at Columbia University. He was a resident at the Cannes Festival Cinéfondation and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. He debuted with Man Without a Cell Phone (2010) and this is his second film. His short film Be Quiet was screened at ZFF 2006.

Tel Aviv on Fire

Sameh Zoabi
Dan Kleinman, Sameh Zoabi
Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Nadim Sawalha, Maïsa Abd Elhadi, Salim Daw, Yousef Sweid
Laurent Brunet
Catherine Schwartz
Amir Harel, Miléna Poylo & Gilles Sacuto, Bernard Michaux, Patrick Quinet, Arlette Zylberberg, Philippe Logie
Lama Films / Film From There, TS Productions, Samsa Film, Artémis Productions, RTBF, VOO & BE TV, Shelter Prod
Festivals & Awards
Venice Film Festival 2018 – Best Actor in Orizzonti Competition and Interfilm Award; Toronto Int’l Film festival 2018; Zurich Film Festival 2018; Haifa Int’l Film Festival 2018

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