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Dégradé

DFI Cinema

Arab Abunasser, Tarzan Abunasser / Feature Narrative / Palestine, France, Qatar / 2015 / 83 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic
Interests: Women, Comedy, Drama, Social Issues
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.



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Synopsis

A hot summer's day in the Gaza Strip. Today the electricity is on. Christine’s beauty salon is heaving with female clients: a bitter divorcée, a religious woman, a lunatic addicted to prescription drugs, a young bride-to-be accompanied by her asthmatic mother and her quarrelsome mother-in-law, and a very pregnant woman, among others. But their day of leisure is disrupted when gunfire breaks out across the street. A gangland family has stolen the lion from Gaza’s only zoo, and Hamas police forces have decided it’s time to settle old scores. Stuck in the salon, with the prospect of death drawing ever nearer, the women start to unravel. How will the day end? Will they lose their lives for the sake of ‘liberating the lion’?

About the Director

Filmmakers and identical twin brothers Tarzan and Arab were born in Gaza in 1988. In 2010, they received the A.M. Qattan Foundation's prestigious Young Artist of the Year Award for their conceptual artwork ‘Gazawood’, a series of mock-Hollywood posters for imaginary feature films named after real Israeli military offensives on Gaza. That same year, they directed the short film ‘Colourful Journey’, which had its premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. In 2013, they directed the short ‘Condom Lead’, which appeared in official competition at the Festival de Cannes. ‘Dégradé’ is their first feature-length film.

Credits

Director
Arab Abunasser, Tarzan Abunasser
Screenwriter
Arab Abunasser, Tarzan Abunasser
Producer
Rani Massalha, Rashid Abdelhamid, Marie Legrand
Editor
Sophie Reine, Eyas Salman
Cinematographer
Éric Devin
Sales Company
Elle Driver
Production Company
Les Films du Tambour, Made in Palestine
Distributor
Jean Labade, Le Pacte
Cast
Hiam Abbass, Manal Awad, Mirna Sakhla, Victoria Balitska

Contacts

  • Director

    Mohammed (Arab) Abunasser

  • Director

    Ahmad (Tarazan) Abunasser

  • Producer

    Rani Massalha

    Company: 
    Les Films du Tambour

  • Producer

    Rashid Abdelhamid

    Company: 
    made in palestine project

  • Producer

    Marie Legrand

    Company: 
    Les Films du Tambour

  • Production Company

    Les Films du Tambour

  • Production Company

    Made in Palestine

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