Born in Nazareth, Palestine, Hany Abu-Assad studied and worked as an airplane engineer in The Netherlands for several years, before he entered the world of cinema as a producer. He produced the feature film Curfew, directed by Rashid Masharawi, in 1994. His directing credits include his feature film debut The 14th Chick (1998), followed by the documentary Nazareth 2000 (2000), the feature Rana’s Wedding (2002), the documentary Ford Transit (2002), and the feature Paradise Now (2005), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign language film in 2006. In 2011, Abu-Assad finished working on The Courier (2012), a Hollywood movie starring Jeffery Dean Morgan, Til Schweiger and Mickey Rourke. His film Omar (2013) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and The Idol (2015) was Palestine’s official submission to the Academy Awards. In 2017, Abu-Assad directed The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, which opened the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF). Huda’s Salon is his latest feature film.