30th Haifa International Film Festival
Dir.: Amos Gitai
Pro.: Michael Tapuach, Moshe Edri, Leon Edri, Amos Gitai, Laurent Trouchot
Sc.: Amos Gitai, Marie Jose Sanselme
DP.: Giora Bejch
Ed.: Isabelle Ingold
Music: Gustav Mahler, Ana Aref
Sound Design: Alex Claude, Tuli Chen
Cast: Yussuf Abu Varda, Yuval Sharf, Sarah Adler, Assi Levy, Uri Gavriel, Norman Issa, Shady Srur
Source: Hamon Hafakot Ltd., Tel Aviv
Courtesy of United King Films, Ramat Hasharon
81 min., Hebrew, Hebrew and English Subtitles
Filmed in one sequence-shot of 81 minutes, Ana Arabia is a moment in the life of a small community of outcasts, Jews and Arabs, who live together in a forgotten enclave at the "border" between Jaffa and Bat Yam.
One day, Yael, a young journalist, visits them. In these dilapidated shacks, in the orchard filled with lemon trees and surrounded by mass public houses, she discovers a range of characters. Yael has the feeling of having discovered a human goldmine. She no longer thinks of her job. Faces and words of Youssef and Miriam, Sarah and Walid, of their neighbors, their friends tell her about life, its dreams and its hopes, its love affairs, desires and disillusions. In this tinkered and fragile place, there is a possibility of coexistence.
The work of Amos Gitai spans 41 years and includes over 80 films. While his output and longevity are striking, most impressive is the diversity of his body of work.
Filmography: Roses à credit (2010), Carmel (2009), Plus tard tu comprendras (2008),
Désengagement (2007), Free Zone (2005), Promised Land (2004), Kedma (2002), Eden (2001), Kippur (2000), Kadosh (1999), Yom Yom (1998), Zihron Devarim (1996), Berlin-Jerusalem (1989), Esther (1985)