Paradise Now (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  

Palestine/France/Germany/Netherlands/Israel, 2005.  , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Hany Abu-Assad, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Bero Beyer, , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

At once a powerful political message and an impressively entertaining film, this heartbreaking drama tells the story of two men living on the West Bank who are preparing to go on a suicide bombing mission in Tel Aviv to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The film gives us an inside view of their lives and their families, refusing to let us see them as heartless radicals and giving a bird’s eye view into their living situation that will not soon be forgotten. Rarely does a film about war demand peace in such direct terms, and director Hany Abu-Assad should be commended for doing so while also directing a film so compelling and dramatically engrossing. Political filmmaking hasn’t been mixed with drama so well since Luis Puenzo’s The Official Story.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Berlin Film FestivalIn Competition

European Film Award:  Best European Screenwriter

Golden Globe Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

Toronto International Film Festival:  2005


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