The affair between a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time leaving them and their partners to deal with more than their broken marriages.
By following the story of two couples in Jerusalem, the film depicts life in the holy city and how it reacts to a social drama that can happen anywhere in the world, but with the crushing social and political pressures of the setting, the characters are pushed to act selfishly and hurtfully towards one another in order to survive. How much pressure can one endure in order to do the right thing and avoid acting against one’s moral instinct? Are humans able to risk the privileges they have to do the right thing towards others? The film presents the story from the perspective of all characters involved and the various choices they make.
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018, Hivos Tiger Competition
Key festivals and awards
Hubert Bals Fund Audience Award and Tiger Award, Special Mention, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018; Best Actress and Best Film, Durban International Film Festival 2018; Grand Jury Prize, Seattle International Film Festival 2018
Director: Muayad Alayan
Producers: Palcine productions (Palestine), Manderley Films (Germany), Key Films (Netherlands), Monofilms (Mexico)
German WCF partner: Manderley Films
World sales: The Heretic Outreach (Greece)
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2017
Funding amount: 50.000 €