Love, Theft and Other Entanglements

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    Love, Theft and Other Entanglements

    Al-Hob wa al-sariqa wa mashakel ukhra

    Directed by

    Palestine

    2015

    93 min

    • English
    • Arabic
    • Hebrew

    Comedy drama

    Layabout, clandestine lover, small-time hood – Mousa has all kinds of skills. A refugee camp resident, this Palestinian does not give a damn about his father’s hard-won permit to work legally in the Israeli part of Jerusalem – he would rather earn a living stealing Israeli cars and selling them to Palestinian fences. Mousa is convinced that his future lies far away from all the violence and constraints that characterise life in the divided city; his heart, moreover, belongs to a married woman. Following the theft of a Passat one day he is given a brutal going-over by Palestinian militia-men. On closer inspection of the vehicle, he makes a discovery which suddenly makes apolitical Mousa of interest to all sides … Charmingly told in delicate black-and-white images that fascinate not only because of the film’s sombre setting, Muayad Alayan’s first feature film tells the story of a wastrel forced into action by circumstances. This Palestinian tribute to the French New Wave is accompanied by a strong, jazzy score.

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    Cast
    Sami Metwasi
    Maya Abu Alhayyat
    Riyad Sliman
    Ramzi Maqdisi
    Kamel Elbasha
    Hussein Nakhleh
    Valantina Abu Oqsa
    Mustafa Abu Hanood
    Nicola Zreineh
    Mohammad Othman
    Screenplay
    Muayad Alayan
    Cinematography
    Muayad Alayan
    Editing
    Sameer Qumsiyeh
    Music
    Nathan Daems
    Production
    PALCINE PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    Alayan achieves a very palpable documentary evocation of everyday Palestinan life, all in crisp, finely textured images...

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Original, well-shot and character-driven Palestinian dramedy...

    Sean Williams, The National

    Muayad  Alayan

    Muayad Alayan

    Kuwait

    A Palestinian born in Kuwait in 1985, he studied in San Francisco before returning to Bethlehem to make films about the realities of life for young Palestinians. His first short film, LESH SABREEN?, premiered at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont- Ferrand in 2009 and screened at over 60 international festivals. Alongside making documentaries and short films which have met with success at festivals worldwide, he also works as a cinematographer and film lecturer. AL-HOB WA AL-SARIQA WA MASHAKEL UKHRA is his first feature film.

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