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Tel Aviv on Fire – 1:30pm

October 19, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:10 pm


Tel Aviv On Fire

Co-written and Directed by: Sameh Zoabi
Cast: Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Maisa Abd Elhadi and Nadim Sawalha
Comedy/Drama | PG for minor language | 100 min. | Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles | Luxembourg/Belgium/Israel/France

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“In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, “Tel Aviv on Fire” is an enjoyable respite from the bleakness that is far more typical of their stories.” – Vanessa H. Larson, Washington Post

“Zoabi relies on the old adage that we have more in common than not, but it’s a lesson that bears repeating – particularly when laughs come with it.” – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle


Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera, “Tel Aviv on Fire,” which is produced in Ramallah. Every day Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. He meets the commander of the check-point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show. In order to impress her, Assi gets involved in the writing of the show. Salam soon realizes that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career catches fire, until Assi and the soap’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Squeezed between an Army Officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke.



WON – Best Screenplay, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2018
WON – Israeli Film Competition/Best Film, Haifa International Film Festival, 2018
WON – Audience Choice Award/World Cinema-Narrative, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, 2019
WON – Audience Award/Best in World Cinema, Sarasota Film Festival, 2019
WON – Best Film, Seattle International Film Festival, 2019
NOMINATED – Best Film/Best Screenplay, Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2019
NOMINATED – Spirit of the Festival Award, Cork International Film Festival, 2018



October 19, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:10 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Uptown Theatre
55 Dunlop St. W.
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A3 Canada
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