Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 2005
Paradise Now
Date de sortie en France : 07/09/2005
Pays concerné : Territoire palestinien
Support : 35 mm
Durée : 87 minutes
Genre : drame
Type : fiction


Deux amis d’enfance palestiniens, Khaled et Saïd, sont désignés pour commettre un attentat suicide à Tel aviv. Engagés volontaires depuis plusieurs années dans une faction, ils sont liés par un contrat moral qu’ils ne peuvent ou ne veulent rompre. Ils passent une dernière soirée avec leurs familles sans pouvoir toutefois leur dire adieu. Le lendemain, munis de leurs ceintures d’explosifs, ils sont conduits à la frontière.
Mais l’opération ne se déroule pas comme prévu…

Deuxième long métrage de Hany Abu-Assad

Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass, Ahmad Fares, Imad Saber, Lotuf Neusser, Kais Nashif, Asaad Dwikat, Waleed On-Allah, Ali Suliman, Mohammad Bustami

Palestine/Pays-Bas/Allemagne/France – VO – Couleurs – 1 h 27 – Scope – Dolby SRD

Réalisateur : Hany Abu-Assad
Scénario : Hany Abu-Assad, Bero Beyer et Pierre Hodgson
Directeur de la photo : Antoine Héberlé
Son : Uve Haussig
Montage : Sander Vos
Décors : Olivier Meidinger
Musique originale : Jina Sumedi
Costumes : Walid Maw’ed
Mixage : Matthias Lempert
Casting : Lara Zoabi

Titre vo : Paradise Now
Langue : Arabe

Lubna Azabal : Suha
Hiam Abbass : la mère de Said
Ahmad Fares : le garçon de thé
Imad Saber : le client du restaurant
Lotuf Neusser : le propriétaire de la voiture
Kais Nashif (Kais Nashef) : Said
Asaad Dwikat : le propriétaire du restaurant
Waleed On-Allah : le chauffeur de taxi à Suha
Ali Suliman : Khaled
Mohammad Bustami : Abu-Salim
Amer Hlehel (Jamal)
Ashraf Barhoum (Abu-Karem)

Augustus Film, Lama Films, Razor Films, Lumen Films, Arte France Cinéma, Hazazah Film

Producteur délégué : Lumen Films
Distributeur : Haut et Court

Sortie France le 07 septembre 2005


2005 | Festival de Berlin | BERLIN, Allemagne |
> Prix du public
> Prix Amnesty International
> Prix du Meilleur Film Européen


« PARADISE NOW » is the story of two young Palestinian men as they embark upon what may be the last 48 hours of their lives. On a typical day in the West Bank city of Nablus, where daily life grinds on amidst crushing poverty and the occasional rocket blast, we meet two childhood best friends, Saïd (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman), who pass time drinking tea, smoking a hookah, and working dead-end menial jobs as auto mechanics.

Saïd’s day takes a turn for the better when a beautiful young woman named Suha (Lubna Azabal) brings her car in for repairs. From their spirited interaction, it is apparent that there is a budding romance growing between them.

Saïd is approached by middle-aged Jamal (Amer Hlehel), a point man for an unnamed Palestinian organization, who informs Saïd that he and Khaled have been chosen to carry out a strike in Tel Aviv. They have been chosen for this mission as a team, because each had expressed a wish that if either is to die a martyr, the other would want to die alongside his best friend.

Saïd and Khaled have been preparing for this moment for most of their lives. They spend a last night at home – although they must keep their impending mission secret even from their families. During the night Saïd sneaks off to see Suha one last time. Suha’s moderate views, having been educated in Europe, and Saïd’s burgeoning conflicted conscience cause him to stop short of explaining why he has come to say good-bye.

The following day, Saïd and Khaled are lead to a hole in the fence that surrounds Nablus, where they are to meet a driver who will take them to Tel Aviv. But here the plan goes wrong, and Saïd and Khaled are separated.

« PARADISE NOW » follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.

Winner of multiple prizes at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival, and invited to the 2005 Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, the film was written by Hany Abu-Assad (« Ford Transit, » « Rana’s Wedding ») & Bero Beyer and directed by Abu-Assad, and stars Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal.

« PARADISE NOW » is a production of Augustus Film with Lama Films, Razor Film, Lumen Films, Arte France Cinema, Hazazah Film and produced with the support of Nederlands Fonds Voor De Film, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, I2I Preparatory Action of the European Community and World Cinema Fund.
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