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FILM OPENS: July 19, 2019

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Sarah, an Israeli café owner living in West Jerusalem, has a clandestine relationship with Saleem, her Palestinian bread vendor, who lives in East Jerusalem. When their spouses discover the affair, two lives – already divided by politics, culture, class, and marital commitments – are made infinitely more complicated. A not uncommon betrayal takes on an entirely sinister new twist as Israeli and Palestinian authorities misread the writing on the wall.

Muayad Alayan’s psychological thriller is shot through with dark, entirely believable intrigue that gives new meaning to the adage the personal is political. Based on true events.

  • Director: Muayad Alayan
  • Country: Palestine
  • Genre: Drama | Romance (Love)
  • Year: 2019
  • Run Time: 02:12:22
  • imdb Score: 7.3/10 (503 votes)
  • Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Mohammad Eid, Kamel El Basha, Ishai Golan
"A fascinating and unsettling look at the ramifications of marital infidelity when shone through [a] specific geopolitical prism."
Zaki Hasan - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"The fraught relationship between Israelis and Palestinians is this tale's powerful overlay. But it's the questions it raises about personal accountability that speak to wider truths."
Vanessa H. Larson - WASHINGTON POST

"THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM snaps, crackles and pops."
Kenneth Turan - LOS ANGELES TIMES

AWARDS

Rotterdam Int'l Film Festival 2018
Audience Award - Best Director

Durban Int'l Film Festival 2018
Best Film and Best Actress

Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2018
Best Feature Film

Titanic International Film Festival 2018
Best Production

FESTIVALS

Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2018

Jeonju Int'l Film Festival 2018

Golden Apricot Film Festival 2018

World Cinema Amsterdam 2018

Calgary Film Festival 2018

Athens Film Festival 2018

Hamburg Film Festival 2018

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal 2018

Cologne Film Festival 2018

Cork Int'l Film Festival 2018

San Francisco Arab Film Festival 2018

Boston Palestine Film Festival 2018

Tokyo Int'l Film Festival 2018

Sydney Film Festival 2018

and more...