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by Elite Zexer


Desert noon in a Bedouin village in Southern Israel. Jalila is hosting an awkward celebration – the marriage of her husband to a second, much younger wife – while trying to conceal the insult that boils inside her. Her daughter Layla is preoccupied with a different matter. Her secret, strictly forbidden, love affair with Anuar was just unveiled by her mother. Jalila believes that the world is harsh and cruel, and the only way to win - is to keep your mouth shut, your head as high as possible without raising too much attention, and struggle from inside the limits of the traditional world surrounding you. Layla believes that there are no limits to the world surrounding her. Everything can be hers if she only wished hard enough. But, as the story unfolds, they each fail in her individual battle. Their whole family falls apart and everything they believe in shatters. Now, the two women are forced to understand that, if they wish to survive, they will have to start seeing the world from each other's eyes.

international title: Sand Storm
original title: Sufat Chol
country: Israel, France
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Elite Zexer
film run: 87'
release date: FR 25/01/2017
screenplay: Elite Zexer
cast: Hitham Omari, Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Khadija Alakel, Jalal Masrwa
cinematography by: Shai Peleg
film editing: Ronit Porat
art director: Nir Adler
costumes designer: Chen Gilad
music: Ran Bagno
producer: Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, Haim Mecklberg
production: 2-Team Productions [IL]
distributor: Pyramide Distribution


main awards/selection

Sundance Film Festival 2016World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Grand Jury Prize
Eurasia International Film Festival Almaty 2016
Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier 2016
Stockholm International Film Festival 2016
Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival 2016

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