Ahead of Jordan release, Gaza Mon Amour opens Amman International Film Festival

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(Photo: clip from Gaza Mon Amour film)
AMMAN — Gaza Mon Amour by twin brothers Tarzan and Arab Nasser will open the second edition of the Amman International Film Festival (AIFF) on August 23. The film was set to be screened twice during the festival under the Franco-Arab Rendez-vouz section — once on the opening night of AIFF, and once on August 24 at Taj Cinemas. Gaza Mon Amour is also slated for release in Jordan’s theatres.  اضافة اعلان

Nada Domani, the festival’s director, told Jordan News that, “We have chosen Gaza Mon Amour to open the second edition of the Amman International Film Festival for the message it sends as well as its great cinematic value.

The audience in Jordan is interested in what happens in Palestine and is very sympathetic towards the people in Gaza.”

According to Domani, the film is “light-hearted and shows that love and life are stronger than war and plight.” 

“We are glad that many scenes in the film were shot in Jordan with a local cast and crew,” she said. “Additionally, a number of French parties were involved in the film’s production. This year, the Amman International Film festival hosts the Franco-Arab Film Festival.”

MAD Solutions’ Culture and Theatrical Distribution Manager Moshira Farouk Bahar said in remarks to Jordan News that “(Gaza Mon Amour) is one of the most remarkable Palestinian films that we have worked on recently,” which received high acclaim in Arab and global festivals.

“Since the film will be released soon in Jordan, we have chosen the Amman International Film Festival to witness the film’s launch,” said Bahar.

Organized under the umbrella of the Royal Film Commission – Jordan, the Amman International Film Festival is Jordan’s first international film festival that showcases Arab and international films. Focusing on emerging filmmakers, AIFF seeks artistically bold, strong in form, and original films.

(Photo: clip from Gaza Mon Amour film) 

Recently, Gaza Mon Amour nabbed the Critics’ Choice Award at the Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland. The film was Palestine's official submission to the Oscars, and it won the Best Actress and the Best Feature awards at the Critics Awards for Arab Films, an initiative organized by the Arab Cinema Center. The film also won multiple international awards, including the Best Actor Prize for Salim Daw at the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden, the NETPAC award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Best Film and Special Mention awards at the Cairo International Film Festival, the Best Actor award at the Antalya Film Festival, and the Best Film and Best Script awards at the Valladolid International Film Festival.

The film premiered globally at Venice International Film Festival and took part in several prestigious international film festivals including The Chicago International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, and Berlinale Co-Production Market, 2019.

The film follows the story of 60-year-old fisherman Issa, who is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works as a dressmaker at the market. Finally determined to propose, Issa discovers an ancient statue of Apollo in his fishing net, which he decides to hide at home. When local authorities discover the existence of this mysterious treasure, Issa faces trouble.

Directed by the Nasser brothers, Gaza Mon Amour features an all-star cast, including Salim Daw, Hiam Abbass, Maisa Abdelhadi, Georges Iskandar, Hitham Al-Omari, and Manal Awad. 
The film is produced by the French company, Les Films du Tambour (delegate producer), in a co-production with Riva Filmproduktion (Germany), ZDF/Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, and in collaboration with ARTE (Germany), Ukbar Filmes (Portugal), Made in Palestine Project (Palestine), and Jordan Pioneers. 
MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution in the Arab world.
Twins Tarzan and Arab Nasser were born in Gaza, Palestine, in 1988. They studied Fine Arts at Al-Aqsa University and became passionate about cinema and painting. They directed Condom Lead (15 min, 2013), which got selected in Cannes Film Festival’s official competition in 2013. Their first feature film, Dégradé (85 min, 2014), made its world premiere at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique (2015), and was screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. 

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