2008

France - Palestine - Switzerland - Belgium - USA - UK - The Netherlands - Spain

109min - 35 mm - 1.66 - Color - Drama

Original language : English, Arabic & Hebrew

 

Cast

Suheir HAMMAD
Saleh BAKRI
Riyad IDEIS
Shelly GORAL

 

Credits

Director: Annemarie Jacir

Producer : Jacques Bidou & Marianne Dumoulin
Production Company : JBA PRODUCTION
Co-producers : Annemarie Jacir, Pierre-Alain Meier, Joseph Rouschop, Danny Glover & Joslyn Barnes, Sawsan Asfari & Maya Sanbar, Bero Beyer, Philippe Berthet, Jaume Roures
Co-production Company : Philistine Films, Thelma Film AG, Tarantula, Louverture Films, Clarity World Film, Augustus Film, Mediapro

Screenplay : Annemarie Jacir
Director of photography : Benoit Chamaillard
Sound : Eric Vaucher
Music : Kamran Rastegar
Editing : Michèle Hubinon

Festivals & Awards

2008 :
Cannes - Un Certain Regard
Osian's-Cinefan (India) Special Jury Prize
FIPRESCI Prize ArtFilm Fest – rep Slovaque
Melbourne IFF
Helsinki IFF
Pusan IFF
Rio IFF
Bologne
Arab Cinema Focus
Festival Nouveau Cinema - Montréal
London IFF
Molodist IFF
Taipei Golden Horse IFF
Thessaloniki IFF
Boston Palestine Fest
Carthage IFF
Randa Chahal Prize
Cairo IFF
Toronto Palestine FF
Black Night IFF
Sydney Palestinian Film Fest
Dubai IFF : Best screenplay
Beirut Cinema Days
Valladolid IFF
Namur IFF
Mediterranean Film Festival
Bruxelles Dutch Film Festival
Kerala IFF
Kuwait Film Fest

2009 :
Philadelphia IFF
Copenhague Pix IFF
DC IFF
Houston Palestine Fest : Audience Choice Award Palm
Springs IFF
Cyprus Film
Days CPH.PIX IFF
Fundación Palestina Belén 2000-Chile
Chicago Palestine Film Fest : Audience Choice
Best Feature Milano Women's IFF
Sguardi Altrove
Best film Portland IFF
Mediterranean Games
festival in Zagreb and Rijeka Women Film Festival
Šeršeliafam Vilnius
Israeli Palestinian Film Festival
Santa Barbara University
Ann Arbor Palestine FF
London Palestine FF
Minneapolis-St Paul IFF
Tribeca IFF
Arab Cultural Festival in Seoul
Al-Awda convention in Anaheim Providence Palestinian Film Festival
Orient Images in Sao Paulo
Flint Institute of Arts Arabic film series.
Mosaiques Festival London
summer Palestine film series in DC Liverpool
Arabic Arts Festival Freiburger
Film Forum Incontri Cinematografici di Stresa
Durban IFF
Traverse City IFF Best first film
Oran International Festival of Arab : Cinema Special Jury Prize
Salé Women IFF
Palestinian Filmdays in Stockholm
Danish Palestine Festival
Arab Film Fest in Dearborn
Berlin Arab Film Fest
Euro Arab Film Festival
Amal Best Actress 2010 : Mediterranean Film Days
Heidelberg
New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival : Audience Choice Award

 

2011 :
Cinemas of the Muslim World in ICA, London 2012 :
Palestinian Film Days in Prague

SALT OF THIS SEA

SEL DE LA MER (LE)

a film by :Annemarie Jacir

Soraya, born in Brooklyn in a working class community of Palestinian refugees, discovers that her grandfather’s savings were frozen in a bank account in Jaffa when he was exiled in 1948. Stubborn, passionate and determined to reclaim what is hers, she fulfills her life-long dream of “returning” to Palestine. Slowly she is taken apart by the reality around her and is forced to confront her own internal anger. She meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, they know in order to be free, they must take things into their own hands, even if it’s illegal.

French Synopsis :

Soraya, 28 ans, née et élevée à Brooklyn, décide de rentrer s’installer en Palestine, le pays d’où sa famille s’est exilée en 1948. Dès son arrivée à Ramallah, Soraya cherche à récupérer l'argent de ses grands-parents gelé sur un compte à Jaffa mais elle se heurte au refus de la banque. Sa route croise alors celle d’Emad, un jeune palestinien qui, au contraire d’elle, ne souhaite qu’une chose, partir pour toujours. Pour échapper aux contraintes liées à la situation du pays mais aussi pour gagner leur liberté, Soraya et Emad devront prendre leur destin en main quitte à transgresser les lois. Dans cette course à la vie, ils nous emmèneront sur les traces de leur Histoire en Palestine perdue.

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