Tel Aviv on Fire

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    Tel Aviv on Fire

    Directed by

    • Sameh Zoabi

    Belgium, France, Israel, Luxembourg

    2018

    97 min

    • Arabic
    • Hebrew

    Comedy

    Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera, “Tel Aviv on Fire,” which is produced in Ramallah. Every day Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. He meets the commander of the check-point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show. In order to impress her, Assi gets involved in the writing of the show. Salam soon realizes that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career catches fire, until Assi and the soap’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Squeezed between an Army Officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke.

    Awards

    • Best Film (Israeli Competition) - Haifa IFF
    • Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Film - Seattle IFF
    • Luxembourg's Submission for the 92nd Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Kais Nashef
    Lubna Azabal
    Maisa Abd Elhadi
    Screenplay
    Dan Kleinman
    Sameh Zoabi
    Cinematography
    Laurent Brunet
    Editing
    Catherine Schwartz
    Music
    André Dziezuk
    Sales
    INDIE SALES
    Production
    ARTEMIS PRODUCTIONS S.A

    Press

    Sameh Zoabi

    Sameh Zoabi

    Israel

    Samen Zoabi was born in 1975 and raised in Iksal, a small village near the city of Nazareth, Israel. In 1998 Zoabi graduated from Tel Aviv University with a double degree in Film Studies and English Literature. The following year, Sameh was awarded a three-year merit scholarship, which he used to pursue a Master's Degree at Columbia University in New York City. In February 2005, he completed his M.F.A. in Film Direction at Columbia's School of the Arts. Zoabi has directed and written several narrative short films. His latest film 'Be Quiet' is an international award winning short film, receiving the third prize at the Cinefondation Selection at the 2005 Cannes Film.