Tel Aviv on Fire (2019)

Tel Aviv on Fire (2019)

A charming political satire

7.0

Movie

Belgium, France
Arabic, Hebrew
Comedy
2019
SAMEH ZOABI
Amer Hlehel, Ashraf Farah, Kais Nashif
100 min

What it's about

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

The take

This funny and charming movie is about a Palestinian slacker named Salam who works on a famous Israeli soap opera. Each day, he has to pass a tough Israeli checkpoint to get to work and in an attempt to make things easier for himself, he agrees to change the ending of the soap opera to please the officer in charge of the checkpoint. At the same time, a temperamental French actress and his Palestinian love interest wish for opposite endings to the show. Stuck between love and politics, Salam has to navigate a complex situation to please all sides. There are a lot of hummus jokes.

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