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Atash

Atash

Director: Tawfik Abu Wael

Country:  Israel, Palestine

Year of Production:  2004

Cannes Award

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Synopsis

Winner of the International Critics' Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this beautiful and powerful debut feature from the brilliant young Arab filmmaker, TAWFIK ABU WAEL, is also an important groundbreaking collaboration between a Palestinian writer/director and an Israeli producer, financiers and crew - the first of its kind.

Abu Shukri and his family have settled alone in a valley far from their home town. Tyrannical father, Shukri rules the home with an iron fist, forcing his wife and three children to burn fires all day to make charcoal. When he decides to build a pipeline to bring fresh water to their home, it awakens their instinct for freedom, but carries with it tragic consequences for the entire family.

Featuring haunting music, stunning cinematography, and incredibly moving performances from the non-professional cast, ATASH is a complex, assured and vivid first feature from an exciting filmmaker, and one to watch for the future.

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Cast

Starring:  Hussein Yassin Mahajne, Amal Bweerat, Roba Blal, Jamila Abu Hussein, Ahmad Abed El G'ani

Credits

Director: Tawfik Abu Wael

Writer(s):  Tawfik Abu Wael

Producers:  Avi Kleinberger

Editor:  Galit Shaked

Cinematographer:  Asaf Sudri

Music:  Wisam M. Gibran

Production Details

Country:  Israel, Palestine

Year of Production:  2004

Language:  Arabic

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  110 minutes

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  25th November 2005

DVD Release Date:  24th July 2006

Reviews

SIGHT AND SOUND

"Atash is undoubtedly a beautiful film. Abu Wael is arguably the most exciting Arab film-maker to have emerged in more than a decade"

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GEOFF ANDREW, TIME OUT

"impressive... a bold, brave film"

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DAVID PARKINSON, EMPIRE

"often sublime... provocative, yet affecting"

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THE TIMES

"a meditative film... lyrical cinematography... affecting performances"

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PHILIP FRENCH, THE OBSERVER

"a confident, beautifully composed film"

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METRO

"Tawfik Abu Wael's directorial debut is a complex, brooding film powered by an almost classical sense of tragedy... the tensions created by these characters' needs rumble ominously through the film's loaded silences. Abu Wael has a painterly eye for a beautiful cinematic shot"

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