Omar

Omar
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Omar
Palestinian Territories, 2013, 98 Minute Running Time
Topics: Middle East, Political, Thriller
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles

Awards: Cannes Un Certain Regard: Jury Prize

A tense and gripping thriller about betrayal – suspected, and real – in the Occupied Territories, Omar centers on a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet his beautiful girlfriend Nadja, the younger sister of his militant best friend.

Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.

“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.”
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Winner: Special Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Hany Abu-Assad
Producer: David Gerson, Waleed Zualter, Hany Abu-Assad
Editor: Martin Brinkler, Eyas Salman
Screenwriter: Hany Abu-Assad
Cinematographer: Ehab Assal
Principal Cast: Adam Bakri, Samer Bishara, Ehab Hourani, Leem Lubani, Waleed Zuaiter
Filmography: The Courier (2011)
Paradise Now (2005)
Ford Transit (Doc, 2002)
Rana’s Wedding (2002)
The 14th Chick (1998)
Print Source: Adopt Films

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