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FILM OPENS: September 13, 2019

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Israel / Palestine, today. Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as a trainee on the Palestinian popular soap opera TEL AVIV ON FIRE, produced in Ramallah. One day, by chance, he becomes a the main writer on the set. Every day, to reach the TV studios, Salam has to go through a rather difficult Israeli checkpoint. There he meets the commander of the checkpoint, Assi, whose wife is a big fan of the soap opera. In order to please him, Assi puts pressure on Salam to change the end of the show.

Salam's creative career is suddenly boiling, until Assi and the soap opera producers and financiers disagree on how it should end. Stuck between an army colonel and Arab support, Salam can solve his problems with a final master stroke.

  • Director: Sameh Zoabi
  • Country: Israel | France | Luxembourg | Belgium
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Year: 2019
  • Run Time: 01:36:55
  • imdb Score: 6.9/10 (726 votes)
  • Language: Arabic | Hebrew
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Maisa Abd Elhadi
"Genial mirth and the nightmarish gloom of the Middle East do not sound like natural companions, but the droll and delightful TEL AVIV ON FIRE has made the impossible possible."
Kenneth Turan - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A determinedly easygoing comedy about the Israeli-Palestinian divide, TEL AVIV ON FIRE gets by on the low-keyed assurance of its cast and its medium-grade amusements."
Michael Phillips - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Zoabi uses farcical comedy as his warm-hearted messenger, presenting his argument with a disarming hug and a surprising dash of romance. "
Amber Wilkinson - EYE FOR FILM

AWARDS

Venice Film Festival 2018
Best Film, Best Actor

Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2019
Best Film

Sarasota Film Festival 2019
Best International Film

Haifa Int'l Film Festival 2019
Best Film

Minneapolis St. Paul Int'l Film Festival 2019
Bjest Narrative

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018
Best Screenplay

FESTIVALS

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2018

Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam 2019

Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival 2019

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal 2018

Zurich Film Festival 2018

Festival Int'l du Film de Saint-Jean-de-Luz 2018

Tromsø Int'l Film Festival 2019

Luxembourg City Film Festival 2019

Vilnius Int'l Film Festival 2019

Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival 2019

Istanbul Film Festival 2019

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2019

Galway Film Fleadh 2019

And more...