TEL AVIV ON FIRE (2019)

A film by  Sameh Zoabi

Cast:  Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton

Salam, 30, lives in Jerusalem. He is a Palestinian and an intern on the set of the hit Arabic series “Tel Aviv on Fire!” Every morning he crosses the same checkpoint to work in Ramallah. One day, Salam is arrested by an Israeli officer Assi, fan of the series, to try to get away, he claims to be the scriptwriter. Taken to its own trap, Salam will be imposed by Assi a new scenario. Obviously, nothing will happen as planned.

Salam (Kais Nashif) a Palestinian living in Israel, he’s working as a production intern on the TV series named Tel Aviv On Fire, set in 1967 on the verge of the Six-Day War, it is clear that he is here because his uncle is a producer of the series and tries to rekindle the relationship of an ex girlfriend. Salam is here on the set as a person who reviews the authenticity of the language spoken. When he goes back home, Officer Assi , fan of the series ask him if he is the screenwriter, and bang Assi read the latest script and demand that he writes the story as he sees fit. To top it all off the next day the original writer had enough and leaves the set. Salam’s uncle promote Salam to screenwriter. Ho! boy. Salam here has no inspiration and has writer’s block. but you will not believe that is going to happen.

The director here is being conscious and careful about the ongoing issues about the Israeli and the palestinian, and balances the humour and the narrative perfectly well. Here Palestinians and Israelis has to live together regardless of the past and it is not an easy thing to do. Salam here is in his neck but seems to try to get his head above water. He is trying to get his old flame back in the process. Making a series is a hard thing to do and is a lot of work. Nobody seems to be on the same page. Here Salma is trying to make everybody happy will he succeed at getting his old flame back and will he succeed in writing a successful ending. Well see the movie.

TUEURS (2017)

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A film by Jean-François Hensgens, François Troukens

Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Lubna Azabal, Kevin Janssens

English title: Above the law. 

A criminal who escape prison who is going to plan one last heist and get out for ever. He performs his heist without a hitch but has as soon as it is started it is doom to fail.

Here the real translation is Killers. It is the first feature for the two director Jean-François Hensgens, François Troukens. The protagonist, Frank Valken (Olivier Gourmet), a robber, has just pulled off yet another masterful robbery without a hitch. At least that is what he thinks , but soon after the cops knows his every move. He gets pinched which is the ideal suspect for a bunch of murders that happens 30 years ago. Of course  Frank knows he is set up. The film includes the Belgium’s most famous criminal incidents at the heart of its narrative. The Brabant Killers, which was much talked about in the 1980s. Responsible for  some fifteen break-ins, the Brabant Killers, who had a preference for supermarkets, did not care about leaving bodies in their wake (almost thirty victims),  killing children and seniors. To this day, there are still doubts about the identity of the murderers, and some see it as more than a simple crime, but as a state affair some others thinks that the CIA as something to do with that. 

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The directors here plunge right in the old gangsters school film doing a heist where the robbers does not kill anybody just takes them hostage. Frank believe that he is not a killer a man of principle old school like I said. The film maintain its integrity and knows that along the way there is going to be one way out is killing is going to take place.

The film follows Olivier Gourmet who fit the role perfectly well I do not care what film he is in but I will see all his film eventually I am trying to catch up and what a terrific actor he turned out to be, which he is trying to save his skin and his honour. The rest of the cast is on it as well which brings me that this casting is so perfect it is not even funny. First features for the directors and they did not disappoint. I can’t wait until the next film.

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INCENDIES (2010)

Incendies (2010)

A film by Denis Villeneuve

Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette

After the death of their mother, twins in Montreal are called to the office of her employer. She had gone to work for him some 18 years ago after escaping sectarian violence and rage in a fictional town in the middle east. She left everything to her children plus 2 letters one to their father who the thought was dead and one to their brother who they didn’t own they had. They have to got on a quest and deliver the letters in order to properly buried their mother.

Here is an interesting but brutal stories that Villeneuve does not shy away from. Jeanne travels to the Middle East to carry out her mother’s wishes. But Simon does not agree with his mother wishes so he stays in Canada later on he becomes interested well you will have seen the film. With the help of the flash back we learn Nawal’s early live and it is not a pretty one. Born christian when fell in love with a Muslim at the time it was forbidden and there is consequences who took place. They were doing the unthinkable killing people in the name of the religion. It  is so surreal to see people even kids with gun killing others because they did believe in their religion Villeneuve goes there and show you the ugly picture of it. This film is based on a play by Wajdi Mouawad, The screenplay is suited for a film. The film has a chilling setting of rape, killing children, children killing others, torture. The performance of Lubna Azabal, who plays Nawal is above outstanding she is helping us to understand what her character goes though. The film that reveals secret is flawless it flows to the story so well that you are going to say what the hell is going on here? The twin’s lesson could had fail it was not ab easy task to do plus more secret were revealed along the way. The letters purpose I think was to tell them to go on this journey and to reveal her past life to them that she was not able to tell them. Incendies tells a chilling and shocking story.

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