TEL AVIV ON FIRE
NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
Winner of top prizes at the Haifa and Venice film festivals, writer-director Sameh Zoabi’s satire follows Salam (Kais Nashif, Paradise Now), a winsome slacker, as he fails upwards at his job on a sudsy Palestinian TV soap opera “Tel Aviv on Fire” popular with both Israelis and Palestinians. Salam’s daily commute from the Ramallah set through the Israeli checkpoint leads to regular encounters with the IDF officer in charge (Yaniv Biton, Mossad 101). When the officer demands Salam change the show’s story line to make his wife happy, Salam struggles with concocting plot twists to suit viewers on both sides. Also starring Lubna Azabal (Little Drummer Girl, The Honourable Woman).
“A witty and warm-hearted look at a divided land.” —Hollywood Reporter
“Wonderfully cast, Sameh Zoabi’s zippy comedy…affectionately lampoon[s] stereotypical attitudes about Arabs and Jews and how each group supposedly demands to be depicted.” —Screen International
Dir: Sameh Zoabi | Israel | 2018 | 97m | Arabic & Hebrew w/ English subtitles
CO-PRESENTED BY: Israel Campus Roundtable
Watch The Trailer
This trailer has French subtitles. Screenings will have English subtitles.
Saturday, May 11, 3:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
Sunday, May 19, 3:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Alfond)