Last days in Jerusalem
35mm / DCP / HD - 2011 - Israel / France / Germany - 80min - Color - Drama
Last days in Jerusalem
Original title: TANATHUR
A film by Tawfik Abu Wael
Nour and Iyad, a Palestinian couple living in East Jerusalem, are preparing to move to Paris.
He is a surgeon at the top of his game; she is a young actress from a Palestinian bourgeois intellectual background, attractive, independent and whimsical. On the way to the airport, a news report of a terrible accident means Iyad has to return to his hospital and delay their departure. Abandoned by her husband once again, Nour starts to question their future move as well as their marriage, while showing how attached she is to all that she is about to leave behind.
Original language: Arabic
Produced by: Amir Harel, Michel Zana, Ilan Flammer
Lama Films, Sophie Dulac Productions, Cabiria Films
Festival del film Locarno 2011 – International Competition / Toronto International Film Festival 2011 / Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil 2011 / Pune international film Festival, India 2012 / Rencontres internationales du Cinéma de Patrimoine et du Film restauré de Vincennes, France 2012 / Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons, Belgium 2012 – official competition / Special screening at London Palestinian Film Foundation, UK 2012 / Le festival international du cinéma d’auteur de Rabat, Morocco 2012 / Ars Independent Film Festival, Poland 2012 Mapping Subjectivity Part III: Experimentation in Arab Cinema 1960-Now @ MOMA, USA 2012 / Palestinian Film Foundation, UK 2012 / FilmForum Zadar International Film Festival, Croatia 2012 / Arabish Film Festival, Germany 2012 / Palestinian Film Festival, Australia 2012 / Madrid Palestine Film Festival, Spain 2012
Tawfik Abu Wael
Tawfik Abu Wael was born in 1976, in Umm al‐Fahm, a Palestinian town in Israel. He graduated in directing from Tel‐Aviv University, where he also worked in the film archives. He then taught drama at the Hassan Arafe School in Jaffa. In 2001 he made his first short, Diary of a Male Whore, and the documentary Waiting for Sallah Al‐ Din before shooting his first feature film in 2004, Atash (Thirst), which won the Fipresci Prize at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Tawfik Abu Wael also works as a stage director.