A Gaza Weekend
A wacky and charming comedy about an Israeli-British couple who seeks refuge in Gaza after Israel is sealed off after the outbreak of a deadly virus.
Israel is sealed off after the outbreak of a deadly virus. A British journalist and his Israeli girlfriend seek alternative ways of escape when they are denied exit on the border. The solution is presented by two Palestinian street merchants who promise safe passage to Europe via Gaza in exchange for much-needed cash. What follows is a hilarious and charming culture clash comedy adventure as the couple gets stuck in the Palestinian territories. Are you ready for a lighthearted farce set in the middle of a terrifying pandemic topped with a sprinkle of Middle East politics on top?
«A Gaza Weekend manages the tricky feat of taking a historically hostile and volatile situation and creating a bouncy little story from» – Brian Shaer, Film Threat
In connection with the screening of A Gaza Weekend on Sunday 19th of mars at 21:00 there will be a reception where we serve some Palestinian appetisers at 19:45. This is done in partnership with the Palestinian Mission in Oslo.
Basil Khalil is a British-Palestinian filmmaker with a masters in filmmaking from Screen Academy in Scotland. His short Ave Maria (2015) premiered at the prestigious filmfestival in Cannes and went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. A Gaza Weekend (2022) is his first feature and it won the FIPRESCI-Prize at the Toronto Film Festival where it had its premiere.
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Original title عطلة نهاية الأسبوع في غزة
Country Palestine, United Kingdom
Director Basil Khalil
Screenplay Basil Khalil & Daniel Ka-Chun Chan
Cinematography Eric Raphael Mizrahi, Lasse Ulvedal Tolboll
Producer Amina Dasmal
Cast Stephen Mangan, Mouna Hawa, Adam Bakri, Loai Nouf
Production Company Alcove Entertainment
Runtime 1h 30m
Language Arabic, English, Hebrew
Age limit 9
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.