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Ave Maria

Director: Basil Khalil
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The film has been nominated to the 88th Academy Awards for the Best Live Action Short 2016.
The film’s poster has been selected as one of the best film posters at Cannes by the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine.
Ave Maria won 25 awards and screened at more than 130 international film festivals.
The film was shortlisted for the 2017 Cesar Film Award for Best Short Film Award.
Ave Maria Poster
2015/ Palestine14 min/ Comedy
SYNOPSIS
The film tells the story of an order of Palestinian nuns living in the middle of the West Bank wilderness. Their daily routine of silence and prayer is disrupted when a family of Israeli settlers breaks down right outside their convent, just as the Sabbath is beginning. The family need to get home but can’t operate the phone, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence.
CAST
Maria Zreik
Huda Al-Imam
Ruth Farhi
Shady Srour
CREW
Screenwriter: Basil Khalil
Danile Yanez
DOP: Eric Mizrahi
Editor: Basil Khalil
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Production Company(ies)
Incognito Films
Producer(s)
Eric Dupont
film festivals
film festivals Cannes Film Festival, France
film festivals Sydney Film Festival, Australia
film festivals Diritti a Todi Human Rights Festival, Italy
film festivals Clair Obscur Film Festival, Switzerland
film festivals Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, USA
film festivals Festival Images en vues, Canada
film festivals MedFilm Festival - Rome, Italy
film festivals UK Jewish Film Festival, UK
film festivals Interfilm Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany
film festivals Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia
film festivals World Film Festival of Bangkok, Thailand
film festivals Séquence Court Métrage, France
film festivals Badalona Short Film Festival, Spain
film festivals Bosporus Film Festival, Turkey
film festivals Longue vie sur le court, Canada
film festivals Leuven Short Film Festival, Belgium
film festivals Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, Belgium
film festivals Passaggi D’autore Film Festival, Italy
film festivals Fréjus Short Film Festival, France
film festivals San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA
film festivals Madrid Palestine Film Festival, Spain
film festivals Santiago de Chile Palestine Film Festival, Chile
film festivals Maine Jewish Film Festival, USA
film festivals Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA
film festivals TOFI Festival, Poland
film festivals FilmLab Palestine, Palestine
film festivals Arab Film Festival, USA
film festivals Long Beach Int’l Film Festival, USA
film festivals Metricamente Corto Film Festival, Italy
film festivals Athens International Film Festival, Greece
film festivals Busan Film Festival, South Korea
film festivals Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden
film festivals Hamptons International Film Festival, USA
film festivals BFI London Film Festival, UK
film festivals Sedicicorto Film Festival -16Shorts, Italy
film festivals Encounters Short Film Festival, UK
film festivals Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival, Italy
film festivals Molise Cinema Film Festival, Italy
film festivals Casalborgone Short Film Festival, Italy
film festivals Shorts Mexico Film Festival, Mexico
film awards
film awards Best Muhr Short Award at the Dubai International Film Festival
Best Script Award at the Tangier International Film Festival
Audience Award at the CINEMED International Mediterranean Film Festival (France)
Best Short Film award at the Tripoli Film Festival (Lebanon)
2nd Place within the Confrontations Competition at the International Short Film Festival of Berlin (INTERFILM) (Germany)
Silver Egg Award and the Vilko Filač Award for Best Cinematography at the Küstendorf International Film and Music Festival (Serbia)
Special Jury Recognition for Short Film award at the Coronado Island Film Festival (USA)
Best Short Film Award at the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (Cyprus)
Green SOS Award at the Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan)
Best Director Award at the Cervignano Film Festival (Italy)
Best Film Award at the Adana Golden Boll Short Film Festival (Turkey)
Best Screenplay Award at the Festival de Court de Grenoble (France)
1st prize HP Bridging the Borders Award and a Special Mention (live action under 15 min) at the Palm Springs International Short Festival (USA)
Quotes
“Director Basil Khalil and co-writer Daniel Yáñez have come up with a cutely comic conceit for their short film Ave Maria.” Jared Mobarak

“'Ave Maria' is the standout in this year’s quintet of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts” Film Journal - Maria Garcia

“Ave Maria never ridicules the various religious traditions it references but gently makes sport of the hypocrisy around them." Eye for Film - Jennie Kermode