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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

While centred on the adulterous affair between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem is not a tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet-style. To start with, there is no love in the equation: Sarah and Saleem are consenting adults who are in it exclusively for the sex. The moment they take their relationship outside the delivery van where they conduct their business, their arrangement falls apart. She is married to an Israeli colonel; he smuggles goods into occupied territories. Soon their behaviour catches the attention of the authorities on both sides. Is a happy ending even in the realm of possibility?

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem stands apart because it focuses on failing institutions—marriage, religion, state-security apparatuses—in a gimlet-eyed, unsentimental way. Director Muayad Alayan portrays these institutions and his compelling lead characters warts and all. Set in Jerusalem, the film serves as a state-of-the-union report for a divided city while also isolating male toxicity as a primordial element in the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

"Engrossing… This frequently taut psychosocial drama with political-thriller elements deftly conveys the tensions, both physical and mental, between West and East Jerusalem."—Jay Weissberg, Variety

Audience Award, Rotterdam 18; Grand Jury Prize, Seattle 18


Director Muayad Alayan
Country of Origin: Palestine/Netherlands/Germany/Mexico
Year: 2018
Running Time: 127 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Arabic, Hebrew, English with English subtitles
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Cast: Adeeb Safadi, Sivane Kretchner, Ishai Golan, Maisa Abd Elhadi
Producer: Muayad Alayan, Rami Alayan
Screenwriter: Rami Alayan
Cinematographer: Sebastian Bock
Editor: Sameer Qumsiyeh
Production Design: Bashar Hassuneh
Music: Charlie Rishmawi, Tarik Abu Salameh, Frank Gelat
Production Company: PalCine Productions, KeyFilm, Monofilms, Manderley Films
Print Source: Heretic Outreach

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