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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 Entanglements.
Premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), marking the only Palestinian entry in the festival, where it received a standing ovation upon its screening.
Received grants from the Arab Fund for the Arts and Culture (AFAC), FilmLab 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, Crime, Mystery
Original Title
Al Taqareer Hawl Sarah wa Saleem
SYNOPSIS
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.
CAST
Maisa Abd Elhadi
Adeeb Safadi
Sivane Kretchner
Ishai Golan
CREW
Screenwriter: Rami Alayan
DOP: Sebastian Bock
Editor: Sameer Qumsiyeh
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Production Company(ies)
PalCine Productions
KeyFilm
Manderley Films GmbH
Monofilms
Producer(s)
Muayad Alayan
Rami Alayan
Hans de Wolf
Hanneke Niens
Rebekka Garrido
Rodrigo Iturralde
Georgina Gonzalez
Alejandro Duran
film festivals
Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France
Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Netherlands
Seattle International Film Festival, USA
Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), Sudan
Titanic International Film Festival, Hungary
Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA
Bif&st - Bari International Film Festival, Italy
Festival Ciné-Palestine (FCP), France
Sydney Film Festival, Australia
Hamburg International Film Festival, Germany
World Cinema Amsterdam, Netherlands
São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
Arab Film Festival in California, USA
Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan, Morocco
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
film awards
Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay and Audience Award (Hubert Bals) at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Netherlands
Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival, USA
Best Actress and Best Film at the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
Best Film Award and Special Jury Prize at the Titanic International Film Festival, Hungary
Best Feature Film at the Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA
Quotes
“Unshowy camerawork and an understated score both place the emphasis on the largely impressive and naturalistic performances.” Wendy Ide - Screen Daily

“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.” Jordan Mintzer - The Hollywood Reporter

“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.” Jay Weissberg - Variety