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Auckland Film Society – Omar


Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:30pm–8:15pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R16

Ticket Information:

  • New Premier 12 Month Membership: $160.00
  • Returning/Concession 12 Month Membership: $140.00
  • 3 Film Sampler: $30.00
  • Special: New Membership - 2 Friends Joining at the same session: $140.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: AuckFilmSoc

NOTE: Screening on Tuesday (after Easter)
Palestine 2013 - 94 mins, HD (2,35:1) - In Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles - R16 violence, offensive language
Director/Screenplay: Hany Abu-Assad
With: Adam Bakri (Omar), Leem Lubany (Nadja), Waleed F. Zuaiter (Agent Rami), Samer Bisharat (Amjad), Eyad Hourani (Tarek)

Omar, from director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now), is a hyper-tense West Bank thriller, invested with potent noir fatalism by the gridlock of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Omar is a young baker, first seen clambering swiftly up and over the Isolation Wall, dodging bullets, negotiating zig-zagging alleys at a sprint. It won’t be the last time we see him taking the back or rooftop route, but for now he’s simply on his way to tea and biscuits at the home of his friend Tarek and Tarek’s sister Nadja, with whom he’s smitten. The young men are involved with a third friend in a bold but strategically pointless hit on a local guard house. Soon it becomes clear that somebody close has ratted on them. The Israeli agent handling the case plants suspicion on Omar and proceeds to manipulate the fallout with quiet, merciless vehemence. In an atmosphere of intense paranoia, Omar’s choices are far from clear.

“While the first half represents an engrossing if unremarkable take on the Catch-22 situation faced by young Palestinians sick of constant humiliation, the second sharpens the sting with increasing tension and bitterness, revealing secret betrayals and attempts at self-protection that cause the characters further harm. Deliberately ambiguous in how it approaches the inexorable nexus of violence, Omar will trouble those looking for condemnation… It’s as if he’s taken thematic elements from Westerns and film noir, using the fight for dignity and an atmosphere of doubt to explain rather than excuse heinous actions.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety

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