A Tramway in Jerusalem

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    A Tramway in Jerusalem

    Directed by

    Israel, France


    90 min

    • French
    • German
    • Arabic
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Yiddish


    A TRAMWAY IN JERUSALEM is a situation comedy that juxtaposes stories and human situations in the context of the current Israeli Palestinian society in 2018. In Jerusalem the tramway connects several neighbourhoods, from East to West, recording their variety and differences. The film brings together a whole mosaic of human beings unfolding in this city which is also the spiritual centre of the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We observe the daily life of this human landscape, a series of encounters that take place along the Light Rail Red Line, from the Palestinian neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina in East-Jerusalem to Mount Herzl in West-Jerusalem. This theme comedy observes with humour a series of short situations, moments of the everyday life of a few passengers. For us – the filmmaker, the visitor during this trip – the human reality of Jerusalem is a juxtaposition of the fragments of life, of conflicts and reconciliations, that appear in the film. As if we would like to project the daily life and its inertia power against the demagogism which aims to distill hatred. Let’s hope for the best.


    Labels & Line Ups


    Noa Ahinoamam Nini
    Mathieu Amalric
    Hana Laslo
    Yael Abecassis
    Pippo Delbono
    Yuval Scharf
    Karen Mor
    Lamis Amar
    Mustafa Mazi
    Amos Gitai
    Marie-José Sanselme
    Eric Gautier
    Yuval Orr
    Louis Sclavis
    Alex Claude


    Amos Gitai

    Amos Gitai


    The work of Amos Gitai spans 41 years and includes over 80 films. While his output and longevity are striking, most impressive is the diversity of his body of work – video productions, theatre pieces, and books. However, his diversity is kept balanced by an overarching coherence. Over the years, Amos Gitai has ceaselessly examined and reexamined the fundamental elements that link his works; overlapping them, mirroring them, and finding different ways – physical and imaginary – to enquire into the territories and questions his work addresses. He was born in Israel to a Bauhaus architect, Munio Weinraub, and an intellectual, Efratia Gitai, a secular teacher of Biblical texts. As a young soldier sent to the theatre of war in Golan in 1973 and confronted with the growing strength of the Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation, Amos Gitai experienced decisive moments personally. Other experiences included his training and first vocation as an architect, whose influence is ever-present in his films. Amos Gitai resides in Haifa and Paris. He is one of the most respected filmmaker on the international scene and through his work constantly explores new narrative and stylistic methods while keeping a close relationship to contemporary reality, even when his scripts take detours into the mythical past.

    His film WEST OF THE JORDAN RIVER was selected as a part of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes 2017.

    Selected Filmography