Hany Abu-Assad

Palestinian screenwriter and director Hany Abu-Assad is one of the most eminent Arab directors of our time. His first film is The Fourteenth Chick, which was followed by his documentary Nazareth 2000. He then made his second feature film Rana’s Wedding and his second documentary Ford Transit. His directing credits include some exceptional Arab films that gained international recognition, such as Paradise Now (2005), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and Omar (2013) that also received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Jury Prize in the competition of Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival and the Best Film at the Dubai Film Festival. In 2015, he made his feature film The Idol.
. In 2017, Abu-Assad directed The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, which opened the 39th edition of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF). Huda’s Salon is his latest feature film.