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by Eran Riklis


Eyad, who grew up in an Arab town in Israel, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. The first and only Arab to be accepted there, he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and Israeli society. Soon, Eyad develops a friendship with Jonathan, a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of his family. Being an outsider, Eyad wants to belong, even if he doesn’t exactly know to whom or to what. After falling in love with Naomi, a Jewish girl, he has to leave school when their relationship is uncovered and he discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Faced with a choice, Eyad will have to make a decision that will change his life forever.

international title: Dancing Arabs
original title: Dancing Arabs
country: Germany, France, Israel
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Eran Riklis
film run: 105'
release date: FR 11/02/2015n NL 6/04/2015
screenplay: Sayed Kashua
cast: Tawfeek Barhom, Ali Suliman, Yaël Abecassis, Marlene Bajali, Laëtitia Eïdo, Razi Gabareen, Norman Issa
cinematography by: Michael Wiesweg
film editing: Richard Marizy
art director: Yoel Herzberg
costumes designer: Hamada Atallah
music: Jonathan Riklis
producer: Bettina Brokemper, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Michael Eckelt, Chilik Michaeli
production: Konken Studios, MACT Productions, United Channel Movies
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, September Film Distribution


main awards/selection

Festival del film Locarno 2014 Piazza Grande

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