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Paradise Now

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Year of participation 2008
Program Non-competition Programs

Paradise Now
Producer(s) Bero Beyer, Amir Harel, Gerhard Meixner, Hengameh Panahi, Roman Paul
Director(s) Hany Abu-Assad
Script Hany Abu-Assad, Bero Beyer, Pierre Hodgson
Director of Photography Antoine Héberlé
Production designer Olivier Meidinger, Bashir Abu Rabi'a
Music by Jina Sumedi
Sound Uwe Haussig
Edit Sander Vos
Cast Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Amer Hlehel, Hiam Abbass
Production company(-ies) Augustus Film, The Netherlands Razor Film, Germany Lumen Films, France Lama Films, Israel Hazazah Film, Palestine
 

Synopsis

In Nablus, on the West Bank, there live two friends who have known each other for years. Said and Khaled, two Palestinians, who lived under the rule of another nation for the whole life. They feel oppressed, humiliated and consider themselves prisoners in their own land. As soon as a friend presents them an opportunity to avenge their way of life, the filmmaker follows their steps in preparing themselves for their final act of resistance, a suicide mission in Tel-Aviv.

Awards

Best Director (Durban, 2005), Neth¬erlands Film Award - Best Film, Best Editing (2005), Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award - Best Foreign Film (2005), US National Board of Reviews Award - Best Foreign Language Film (2005), Van¬couver Film Cirtics Circle Award - Best Foreign Film (2006), Independent Spirit Award - Best Foreign Film, Santa Monica (2006), Berliner Morgenpost Audience Award, Berlin In¬ternational Film Festival (2005), Amnesty International Award, Berlin International Film Festival (2005), Blue Angel Award - Best European Film, Berlin International Film Festival (2005), Eu¬ropean Screenwriter Award, Berlin International Film Festival (2005), Gold¬en Globe - Best Foreign Language Film (2006)

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
 
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