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Zaytoun

Zaytoun

2012 / United Kingdom, Israel, France / 107 min / N-13
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Director(s) - Eran Riklis
Screenwriter(s) - Nader Rizq
Actors - Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal, Alice Taglioni, Loai Nofi, Ali Suliman, Ashraf Barhom, Tarik Kopty, Jony Arbid
Producer(s) - Gareth Unwin, Fred Ritzenberg
Cinematographer - Dan Laustsen
Editor(s) - Herve Schneid
Composer(s) - Cyril Morin
Sales agent - PATHE INTERNATIONAL
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Dialogues - English, Arabic, Hebrew
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English
In the years leading up to the 1982 war between Lebanon and Israel, many Palestinian families lived in Beirut as refugees, where they hardly received a warm welcome from the Lebanese people. Segregated into makeshift camps, young Palestinian men and even younger boys experience the war only vicariously – until one day the war comes right to their doorstep, in the form of an Israeli fighter pilot Yoni, who is shot down right outside the camp. Charged with guarding this valuable asset is a group of boys (and a spaniel named Churchill) led by Fahed, a gun-wielding twelve-year-old enraged by the death of his father in an Israeli air attack. The boy’s only inheritance from his father is a small potted olive tree, snatched as they fled their ancestral lands, and the child dreams of returning to their village and replanting the tree. Meanwhile, Yoni knows that unless he escapes his days are numbered, so the two would-be enemies make a deal: Fahed will unlock the cell and lead Yoni out of the city if Yoni will get him over the border and back to his family's village.

About Directors

Eran Riklis (b. 1954 in Israel).

Filmography

"On a Clear Day You Can See Damascus" (1984), "Zohar" (1993), "The Syrian Bride" (2004), "Lemon Tree" (2008, "Kino pavasaris"), "The Human Resources Manager" (2010), "Zaytoun" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").