Films screening at this event

Dégradé

Director
Arab Nasser
Cast
Hiam Abbass, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Manal Awad
Country
France, Palestine, Qatar
Year
2015
Duration
85 min

Bitter internecine conflict and subtle social observation make unusual bedfellows in this impressive Palestinian drama which is set entirely within the hot and suffocating confines of a women’s beauty salon in Gaza. An argumentative cast of women, from an angry divorcee (Hiam Abbass) to a veiled religious fundamentalist to a young and beautiful bride-to-be, gradually reveal personal lives and a side of Palestinian life that is rarely depicted. Men, sex, marriage and relationships are at the heart of the conversation and comic moments that ensue.

Ave Maria (short)

Director
Basil Khalil
Country
France, Germany, Palestine
Year
2015
Duration
15 min

The silent routine of five nuns living in the West Bank is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down outside their convent, just before Shabbat.