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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Director: Muayad Alayan
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A daring film by the Alayan brothers, marking the duo’s second feature following the controversial film Love, Theft and Other Entanglement.
Premiered in the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) marking the only Palestinian entry in the festival, where it received a standing ovation upon its screening.
Received a number of grants from:
Arab Fund for the Arts and Culture (AFAC)
Film Lab Palestine
World Cinema Fund (WCF)
Hubert Bals Development Fund (HBF)
Netherlands Film Fund + HBF and the HBF + Europe coproduction
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2017/ Palestine - Netherlands - Germany - Mexico127 min/ Drama
Set in Jerusalem, Sarah and Saleem are having an extramarital affair that ignites a dangerous game of deceit between those who hold power and those who don’t.
Maisa Abd Elhadi
Adeeb Safadi
Sivane Kretchner
Ishai Golan
Screenwriter: Rami Alayan
DOP: Sebastian Bock
Editor: Sameer Qumsiyeh
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Production Company(ies)
PalCine Productions
Manderley Films GmbH
Muayad Alayan
Rami Alayan
Hans de Wolf
Hanneke Niens
Rebekka Garrido
Rodrigo Iturralde
Georgina Gonzalez
Alejandro Duran
film festivals
film festivals Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
film festivals Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France
film festivals Palm Springs Short Festival, USA
film festivals Dubai International Film Festival, UAE
film awards
film awards Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay and the Audience Award (Hubert Bals) at the the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
“Unshowy camerawork and an understated score both place the emphasis on the largely impressive and naturalistic performances.” Screen Daily - Wendy Ide

“The film’s first half cleverly weaves the story of the affair into the larger fabric of Jerusalem’s current status as a city divided along religious and ethnic lines.” The Hollywood Reporter - Jordan Mintzer

“Marking a leap forward in every department from Muayad Alayan’s modest debut Love, Theft and Other Entanglements, this frequently taut psychosocial drama with political thriller elements deftly conveys the tensions, both physical and mental, between West and East Jerusalem, showing how societal forces prevent any form of normalized relations between Israelis and Palestinians.” Variety - Jay Weissberg