Berlinale

Paradise Now

Synopsis
Paradise Now reveals how tragic and abstruse the consequences of the conflict in the Middle East are. The film revolves around two young Palestinian men who have been friends since childhood and are both recruited to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The two men are allowed to spend what is presumably their last night alive with their families. However, since absolute secrecy must be maintained and they can tell nobody of their mission, they cannot say goodbye properly. The next morning, the men are brought to the border with attached to their bodies in such a way as to make them completely hidden from view. However, the operation does not go according to plan. Separated from each other and left to their own devices, it’s up to them to face their destiny and stand up for their convictions …


World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2005, Competition

Key festivals and awards
Blue Angel Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2005
Toronto International Film Festival 2005
New York International Film Festival 2005
Nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film 2006
Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film 2006

Palestine, 2005
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Producers: Augustus Film (The Netherlands), Razor Film (Germany), Lumen Films (France), Lama Films (Israel)
German WCF partner: Razor Film
World sales: Celluloid Dreams (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
Funding amount: 30.000 €