Omar

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Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th annual Academy Awards!

 

"A brilliant tale of love and loss ... it manages to punch you in the gut and break your heart at the same time." - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

“Searing ... an incredible love story in the harshest of circumstances. Adam Bakri, making his film debut, bares his soul, filling the screen with an astonishing range of emotional colors." - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

"A swift thriller, with exciting foot chases and tense gunplay, illuminates the unevenly shared predicament of Palestinians on the West Bank and the Israelis who police them.” - AO Scott, New York Times

 

The new film from Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) is a tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he’s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist — you decide — ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game — is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? With the Academy Award-nominated Omar, Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (whose 2005 film Paradise Now was also nominated for an Academy Award) has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluble moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up. (Dir. by Hany Abu-Assad, 2013, Palestine, in Arabic & Hebrew with subtitles, 96 mins., Not Rated, Adopt Films) Digital

 

 

 
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