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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem



Original title:
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
Slovenian title:
Sarah in Saleem: Prepovedana ljubezen

Country, year:
Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, 2018

Directed by:
Muayad Alayan

Rami Alayan
Sebastian Bock
Frank Gelat, Charlie Rishmawi, Tarek Abu Salameh
English, slovenian
Voting code:
Adeeb Safadi (Saleem), Sivane Kretchner (Sara/Sarah), Maisa Abd Elhadi (Bisan), Ishai Golan (David), Kamel El Basha (Abu Ibrahim)
Rotterdam 2018 (Special Mention, Audience Award), Seattle 2018 (Grand Jury Prize)

Thu, 8.11.2018 21:30 Kino Komuna
Fri, 16.11.2018 15:00 Kinodvor Cinema
Sun, 18.11.2018 19:00 Kosovel Hall

Deli povezavo
Beginning as a psychosocial drama, the story about an extramarital affair between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman takes on a dangerous political dimension when their amorous activity is caught on video surveillance camera.

Furtive lovemaking in the back of a van: this is what Sarah and Saleem's relationship consists of. A few times a week, when Sarah has closed her café and Saleem is done with his delivery rounds. Being married, they are risking their domestic happiness. In Jerusalem, a city divided and fraught with tension, an illicit relationship between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man goes way beyond the private. Their adulterous affair becomes a spy sensation, which is given an extra political dimension by the fact that Sarah's husband is a high-ranking officer in the Israeli army.

"It is not a fairy tale in terms of having fairies and magic. It is a fairy tale in terms of its theme, characters and feel or style. The film tries to depict the collective Palestinian experience under occupation with characters representing all parties involved: Israeli agents, Palestinian militias, corrupt officials, foreign diplomats and everyday impoverished people through a series of events and coincidences that, individually, could very well happen in Palestine but collectively give a fairy-tale feeling representing the overall situation in the country while following the central conflict or problem of the story." (Muayad & Rami Alayan)
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