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Shirel Peleg readying the romantic comedy Kiss Me Before It Blows Up

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- Peleg’s debut feature, shot in Tel Aviv earlier this year, will depict romantic misadventures that cross all borders

Shirel Peleg readying the romantic comedy Kiss Me Before It Blows Up
(Back row) Juliane Köhler, Bernhard Schütz, Luise Wolfram, Brigitte Dithard, Irit Kaplan, John Carroll Lynch and Jim Hickox; (middle row) Aviv Pinkas, Moran Rosenblatt, Shirel Peleg, Giora Bejach and Christine Günther; and (front) Eyal Shikraz (© Fireglory)

With dialogue in four languages (English, German, Hebrew and Arabic), Shirel Peleg’s debut feature, Kiss Me Before It Blows Up, will depict romantic misadventures that cross all borders, showing what happens when two generations of Israeli women, a niece and a grandmother, fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man, respectively.

With a script written by Peleg herself, Kiss Me Before It Blows Up is a romantic misadventure crossing all borders, revolving around a subversive love story between clashing cultures and families. When two generations of Israeli women fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man, chaos ensues. What happens to lovers who don't fit but do belong together?

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The cast of the upcoming feature includes Moran Rosenblatt,Luise WolframJuliane Köhler, Bernhard Schütz, Rivka Michaeli, Salim Daw, Irit Kaplan, Eyal Shikrazi, Aviv Pinkas and John Carroll Lynch. Giora Bejach worked as director of photography on the film, which was shot in Tel Aviv earlier this year.

Kiss Me Before It Blows Up is being produced by Berlin-based Fireglory Pictures (Christine Günther) in co-production with Erfttal Film. The film was backed by MFG Baden-Württemberg, the German Ministry of Culture (BKM), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF). Its world sales are being handled by Paris-based Totem Films, while German distributor X Verleih will release the movie in Germany in 2020.

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