Tel Aviv on Fire


AMC Mazza Gallerie Theater 1 Sat, May 4 6:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Genre:World View
Production Country:Luxembourg/France/Israel/Belgium
Original Language:Arabic and Hebrew
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sameh Zoabi


One of the most irreverent cinematic spins on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the latest film from writer-director Sameh Zoabi follows a fledgling soap-opera screenwriter charged with concocting plot twists to suit viewers on both sides. Salam (Kais Nashif) begins working on “Tel Aviv on Fire,” a popular Palestinian evening soap for which his uncle is showrunner. Just as Salam’s prospects rise after receiving a promotion, he has a fateful encounter with Assi, an Israeli military officer, during his daily commute at the Ramallah checkpoint. Assi sees an opportunity to influence the show, which he thinks is far too unflattering to its Israeli characters. Salam has just begun life as a writer and he’s already forced to compromise his integrity—while the entire country watches flabbergasted. Zoabi’s satire exudes a deadpan audacity that’s hard to resist while Nashif’s outwardly unflappable middleman grounds this battle of ideologies in comic pragmatism.—Toronto International Film Festival