Tel Aviv on Fire

Monday September 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Norwood Theatre, sponsored by Bigwin Realty Inc.

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Tel Aviv on Fire is a 2018 Israeli comedy-drama satire film, written and directed by Sameh Zoabi. The film premiered internationally at the 75th Venice International Film Festival where Kais Nashef won the Best Actor award. It also has also received Best Film and Best Screenplay awards.

This is the story of Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, who works as a trainee on the Palestinian popular soap opera “Tel Aviv on Fire.” The show is produced in Ramallah so 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 soap opera. In order to please him, Assi puts pressure on Salam to change the end of the show. Salam quickly realizes that Assi’s ideas could be promoted to him as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career is suddenly boiling, until Assi and the soap opera producers and financiers disagree on how it should end. Stuck between an army colonel and Arab support, Salam can solve his problems with a final master stroke.

“Thoughtful and well-acted,¬†Tel Aviv on Fire¬†highlights the awful absurdity of war — and proves it’s possible to find humor in the midst of cultural conflict.” Rotten Tomatoes

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