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Ziad Doueiri

THE ATTACK

L'ATTENTAT

Status: Completed

Director(s): Ziad Doueiri

Short synopsis : An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.

Long synopsis : Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, a glittering career, and numerous Jewish friends. Then a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem – who also died in the explosion - was responsible. Amin rejects their accusation absolutely, but his conviction is shaken when he receives a posthumous letter from Sihem confirming her role in the carnage. Shattered by the revelation, desperate to understand how he missed any signs of her murderous intentions, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the zealots he believes recruited her. Once there, he plunges into ever-more dangerous places where he is unwelcome, mindless of his safety as he seeks answers. But by the end of his journey, Amin is forced to confront a deeper, more appalling truth than he expected – his inability to see his wife as she truly was and his failure to understand the reality that made her.

Cast

  • Ali Suliman, Reymond Amsalem, Evgenia Dodena, Dvir Benedek, Uri Gavriel, Ruba Salameh

Crew

  • Producer(s): Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat
  • Director(s): Ziad Doueiri
  • Screenplay: Joelle Touma, Ziad Doueiri, Yasmina Khadra
  • DP: Tommaso Fiorilli
  • Editing: Ziad Doueiri, Dominique Marcombe
  • Original Music: Eric Neveux
  • Set Design: Soraya Bagdadi, Yoel Herzberg
  • Original Title: L'ATTENTAT
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Romance

  • Production company: 3B
  • Production date: 2012
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Duration: 105 min
  • Telluride Film Festival 2012
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2012
  • San Sebastian Film Festival 2012
    Award(s) : Special Mention of the Jury
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2012
  • Göteborg Film Festival 2013
  • Vilnius International Film Festival 2013
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2013
  • Istanbul Film Festival 2013
    Award(s) : Cineuropa.org Award
  • CPH:PIX 2013
  • Jerusalem Film Festival 2013
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2013
  • Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2013
  • Seattle International Film Festival 2013

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