2013, Palestine, 97’, Color, Arabic
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Cast: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubani, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat, Waleed Zuaiter
2014 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Nominee
2013 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Jury Special Prize
From Paradise Now director Hany Abu-Assad…
Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.