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MIRAL

by Julian Schnabel

synopsis

Jerusalem, 1948. On her way to work, Hind Husseini comes across 55 orphaned children. She takes them home to give them food and shelter. Within six months, 55 have grown to almost 2000, and the Dar Al-Tifel Institute is born. At the age of 7, Miral is sent to the Institute by her father following her mother’s death. Brought up behind the safety of the Institute’s walls, she is naïve to the troubles that surround her. Then, at the age of 17, she is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she is awakened to the reality of her people’s struggle. When she falls for a political activist, Hani, she finds herself torn between the fight for the future of her people and Mama Hind’s belief that education is the road to peace.

international title: Miral
original title: Miral
country: United States, France, Italy, Israel
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Julian Schnabel
film run: 112'
release date: IT 03/09/2010, FR 15/09/2010, DE 18/11/2010, GB 03/12/2010, NL 31/03/2011, SE 22/04/2011, FI 29/04/2011, GR 12/05/2011, PT 16/06/2011
screenplay: Rula Jebreal
cast: Willem Dafoe, Freida Pinto, Alexander Siddig, Hiam Abbass, Omar Metwally, Yasmine Elmasri, Makram Khoury, Jamil Khoury
cinematography by: Eric Gautier
film editing: Juliette Welfling
art director: Yoel Herzberg
costumes designer: Walid Mawed
producer: François-Xavier Decraene, Jon Kilik, Eran Riklis
production: Pathé Films, Eagle Pictures, ER Productions (IL)
distributor: Eagle Pictures, Pathé Distribution, Benelux Films Distributors Belgium (BFD), Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh, Pathé Distribution, Scanbox Entertainment Finland, A-Film Distribution, Odeon, Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais