Central Florida Jewish Film Festival
Tel Aviv on Fire
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Israel/Palestine, today. Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as a trainee on the Palestinian popular soap opera “Tel Aviv on Fire”, produced in Ramallah. Every day, to reach the TV studios, Salam has to go through a rather difficult Israeli checkpoint. There he meets the commander of the checkpoint, Assi, whose wife is a big fan of the show. In order to please him, Assi puts pressure on Salam to change the end of the story, and Salam quickly realizes that Assi’s ideas could be beneficial to him as a budding screenwriter. Salam’s creative career is suddenly on the rise, until Assi and the soap opera producers and financiers disagree on how the season should end. Stuck between an army colonel and Arab support, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke. A sharp-eyed and timely comedy that crosses borders and breaks boundaries, TEL AVIV ON FIRE won Best Film awards at Venice, Seattle and Haifa, and Best Actor (Horizons) at Venice.
Luxembourg/France/Israel/Belgium, 2018, 97 min, Directed by Sameh Zoabi, Not Rated, In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
“Smart, tender and refreshingly witty. It's the most funny, heartfelt and crowd-pleasing movie about an unlikely friendship since ‘Green Book’.”– Avi Offer, NYC MOVIE GURU