Barzakh (Working Title)
Fall Grants 2018 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
Mariam and Noura find their old father dead in his house on the outskirts of the city of Ramallah. While waiting for the hospital to pick him up, Noura finds her father’s ATM card along with the 4-digit pin code. Since Noura is broke, she convinces her sister to run to the ATM and get some money out. The good news is there is much more money than they thought. The bad news is they can only withdraw $3,000 per day. If their brother in America finds out, he’s entitled by law to half of this money. The sisters spend the coming two nights plotting to find a way to hide their father’s death and body. But for their plan to work, they need to stay away from the old woman living downstairs—who turns out to be an unlikely ally along the way.
- Laila Abbas
- Laila Abbas
- Roshanak Behesht Nedjad
About the Director
Laila Abbas is a Palestinian filmmaker and academic. She started her career in TV, but her passion for storytelling drove her to pursue writing and filmmaking. She studied Film and TV producing at Royal Holloway University in the UK. Upon returning to Palestine, Laila worked as an instructor at the Institute of Modern Media at Alquds University for five years. Laila wrote and directed a documentary and a number of short fiction films.
Production Company Profile
In Good Company was founded in 2015 in Berlin and focuses on international co-productions, aiming to create films that entertain on an intellectual level. Therefore, storytelling is in the foreground as well as an understanding of who the audiences of the respective films are and how to reach them. Together, the founders have received numerous awards with their respective productions, among them the European Film Award, the German Film Award, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. In Good Company has an extensive international network within the film industry that guarantees additional resources and access to talents and financing.