I LOVE MY #HAIRLEGS
D: Camille Tricaud, Charlotte Funke, Mila Zhluktenko, DEU 2017, 01:30 mins
D: Renata Gasiorowska, PL 2016, 8 mins
Audience award QFFM | Queer Mixtape May 2017
BAR BAHAR (IN BETWEEN)
R: Maysaloun Hamoud
ISR/FR 2016, 103 mins, OV w/ German subs
BAR BAHAR – Arabic for “land sea” – represents fundamental opposites. Internationally, Maysaloun Hamoud’s feature film debut is distributed with the title “In Between”, which reflects the topic of this women’s drama just as well. Although this is the story of three Palestinian women in Tel Aviv holding Israel passports, it’s not about Middle East politics as such but about women. In a “Girls”-like style, Hamoud depicts her protagonists searching for their individual places in a vibrating metropolitan city, constantly being discriminated against by the Jewish majority, and constantly trying to balance traditional roles and independent life in a modern culture.
Chain-smoking Laila is a superb bilingual lawyer at day, and uses just about any substance at night. Her lesbian flatmate Salma lives for partying and makes ends meet by working temporary jobs as well as doing gigs as a DJ. When student Nour moves in, her life is quite different: a believer with a country background, she prefers to study instead of going clubbing and loves cooking for her fiancé, who comes to visit quite often, and is just as devout as conservative. He wants to marry Nour as soon as possible to make her move out from the cesspool, and turn her into a housewife and and mother. Yet Nours rebellion against her possessive fiancé is but one of three gripping tales of emancipation: for though Laila and Salma consider themselves independent city women, they too have to experience boundaries to their freedom.
Maysalon Hamoud, born in Budapest in 1982, grew up in Dier-Hana, Israel. She read history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and studied film at Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv. Hamoud directed short films SHADES OF LIGHT, SCENT OF MORNING, and SALMA before doing her first feature film BAR BAHAR.
2009 Shades of light (short film)
2010 Scent of morning (short film)
2012 Salma (short film)
Genre: feature film
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Cinematography: Itay Gross
Editing: Lev Golster, Nili Feller
Cast: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura
Festivals and awards (selection):
Haifa International Film Festival 2016 | best debut
Toronto International Film Festival 2016 | Netpac Award
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2016 | LGBT Award and CICAE Award
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