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A Gaza Weekend

Spring Grant 2011 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Basil Khalil / Feature Narrative / Palestine, United Kingdom, Qatar / 90 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew / Interests: Comedy, Drama, Middle Eastern, Politics, Human

Synopsis

The UN imposes an embargo on Israel following the outbreak of a deadly virus. However, due to its isolation, the only safe place is Gaza. Waleed, a wheeler-dealer from Gaza, accepts a fast-cash job smuggling a British man out of the country. Complications arise when the man’s Israeli girlfriend tags along, and Waleed finds himself stuck with these fugitives hiding in his basement for longer than he’d hoped. Palestinian vigilantes, the Israeli army, and Waleed’s prying neighbours are all after them. With all odds stacked against him, Waleed has to act fast to take advantage of any opportunity to get them out of Gaza.

Credits

Director
Basil Khalil
Screenwriter
Basil Khalil, Daniel Chan Khalil
Producer
Amina Dasmal, Robin C. Fox

About the Director

Academy Award and Palme d’Or nominee Basil Khalil is a writer and director, born and raised in Nazareth to a Palestinian father and British-Irish mother. After working on a number of television productions in London, Khalil directed his Oscar-nominated short film ‘Ave Maria’ (2015), which was described by the ‘New York Times’ as the “Middle Eastern answer to ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’”. The film premiered in the Official Competition of the Festival de Cannes before going on to screen at more than 200 festivals and winning more than 35 awards. Khalil is a member of AMPAS and sits on the committees that nominate short films and feature-length animated film for the Academy Awards.

Production Company Profile

Flying Moon was founded in 1999 and is run by Roshanak Behesht Nedjad and Helge Albers. The company concentrates on high-quality international feature films with universal audience appeal. Its better-known titles include Sabiha Sumar's ‘Silent Waters’ (2003), Yesim Ustaoglu's ‘Waiting for the Clouds’ (2003), Lou Ye's ‘Summer Palace’ (2006) and Ben Hopkins's ‘The Market’ (2008). Other productions include Hugo Viera da Silva's ‘Swans’ (2011) and Julia Loktev's ‘The Loneliest Planet’ (2011), starring Gael García Bernal.

Alcove Entertainment is an independent film production company based in the UK and the UAE, founded by Amina Dasmal and Robin C. Fox in 2005. Alcove Entertainment produced ‘The Double’, a comedy written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Richard Ayoade, co-financed by the BFI and Film4, and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. ‘The Double’ debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, and was selected to screen in competition at both the London and Tokyo International Film Festivals. Alcove Entertainment’s first feature-length Cochochi, co-produced with Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna’s Canana, won the Discovery Award 2007 at TIFF and the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami International Film Festival in 2008. Other films include Harmony Korine’s ‘Trash Humpers’, which took the Grand Jury Prize at CPH:DOX in 2009. ‘The Caller’, a supernatural thriller directed by Matthew Parkhill, was picked up by Sony Pictures for distribution after premiering at the 2011 European Film Market.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Amina Dasmal

    Company: 
    Alcove Entertainment

  • Production Company

    Alcove Entertainment

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