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LAILA IN HAIFA

by Amos Gitai

synopsis

Over the course of one night, we witness the interweaving stories of five women through a series of encounters and situations, defying all categories and labels in their relationships and personal identities. With an ensemble cast of both Israeli and Palestinian actors, Laila in Haifa is a drama with wry humor set over one night in a club in the port town of Haifa. The film presents a candid snapshot of contemporary life in one of the last remaining spaces where Israelis and Palestinians come together to engage in face-to-face relationships. The club itself is vital to the fabric of the film.
Amos Gitai delivers a sensitive and distinctly humanist reflection of life in the region. Laila in Haifa is a lieu de rencontres, a moment of dialogue, in a region that otherwise suffers from chronic violence and hatred. Posing the questions: how can the arts create a space in which people can express their different identities but are looking for ways of mutual and peaceful coexistence? How can the language of cinema using juxtaposition of fragments of stories create a common human tissue?

international title: Laila in Haifa
original title: Laila in Haifa
country: Israel, France
sales agent: HanWay Films
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Amos Gitai
film run: 99'
screenplay: Amos Gitai, Marie-José Sanselme
cast: Maria Zreik, Khawla Ibraheem, Bahira Ablassi, Naama Preis, Tsahi Halevi, Makram J. Khoury, Hanna Laszlo, Clara Khoury, Hisham Souleiman, Tom Baum
cinematography by: Eric Gautier
film editing: Yuval Orr
art director: Arie Wiess
costumes designer: Shani Bar-Ness
music: Alexey Kochetkov
producer: Amos Gitai, Laurent Truchot
production: CDP - Catherine Dussart Productions, Agav Films, United King Films Distribution (IL)
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