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by Amos Gitai


It is night in the Sinai desert. A group of men and women keep warm around a campfire under the moonlight. The women speak Russian, they come from the East. The men are Bedouins, who normally tend their herds in the vicinity. Tomorrow, if everything goes well, they will secretly cross the border. Tomorrow, Diana, Katia, Kristina and the others will be beaten, raped, and auctioned off. They will be passed from one hand to another, victims of an international network of trafficking in women. One night, in a club, Diana meets Rose. She asks for her help. Help, to save her from this network, which is run by Anne, Hanna, Yussuf and Hezi.

original title: Promised Land
country: France, Israel
sales agent: HanWay Films
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Amos Gitai
film run: 90'
release date: FR 12/01/2005
screenplay: Amos Gitai, Marie-José Sanselme
cast: Anne Parillaud, Hanna Schygulla, Rosamund Pike, Diana Bespechni
cinematography by: Caroline Champetier
film editing: Isabelle Ingold
art director: Eli Zion
costumes designer: Laura Dinulescu
music: Simon Stockhausen
producer: Amos Gitai, Michael Tapuach, Laurent Truchot
production: Recorded Picture Company, MP Productions, Agav Hafakot (IL), Hamon Hafakot (IL)
distributor: Ad Vitam

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Venice 2004 Official Competition

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