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Language: Arabic | Subtitles: English, Swedish.

Copyright: Movieboosters | Photograhper: Sala Hannoun

FACTS ABOUT THE FILM

  • Original Title: Eyes of a Thief
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
  • Length: 98 minutes
  • Language: Arabic
  • Subtitles: Swedish, English
  • Production Company: Ustura Films
  • Co-Production:
    • AARC
    • MACT Films
    • Oktober Productions
  • Producers:
    • Hani E. Kort
    • Najwa Najjar
  • Co-Producers:
    • Mustafa Orif
    • Antoine Clermont de Tonnere
    • Fahad Jabali
    • Eggert Ketilsson
  • International Sales:  Ustura Films
  • Nordic Sales: Movieboosters AB

Eyes of a Thief

A strong gripping plot, a well made micro-portrait of a society and a political drama are only three qualities that signify the movie which was selected as the Palestine’s contribution to the Oscar and it seems that this movie will make a great festival journey like director Naja Najjars last critically acclaimed movie Pomegranates and Myrrh.

Her second feature Eyes of a Thief is a fine portrait of how Tareq and Malak, potentially father and daughter, are learning to know each other but it is also a story about the consequences of the war that brings human being, young as old, to become both victims and perpetrators.

The movie has been critically acclaimed for its several layers, a great photo and soundtrack but also for an amazing performance made by the nine years old girl Malak founded for the role in the Balata Refugee Camp close to Nablus on the West Bank.

SYNOPSIS

The Christian Palestine water engineer Tareq was put into jail for 10 years after a confrontation on the West Bank. During his time in jail he lost his relation to his family. When coming out from jail, getting back home, he gets to know that his wife is dead and his ten years old daughter has been adopted. But no one knows any longer where she can be. The searching for the daughter leads Tareq to the town Sebastia, where he learns to know the businessman Adel, who offers a job repairing waterlines and a place to stay in a sewing atelier. One of the dressmakers, Lila, is to become the wife of Adel. Lila is raising a young wild girl called Malak who steals for the young guys in the neighbourhood. Tareq thinks that Malak may be his daughter and is trying getting knowing her. Both Tareq and Adel are dealing with dangerous secrets, followed by suspiciousness against each other. As the secrets reveals this challenges several relations and have fatal impacts for all involved.

LOG LINE

A Christian Palestine is looking for his adopted daughter and tries to find a new life after 10 years in a jail of Israelis.

The film is distributed by Movieboosters in cooperation with Malmo Arab Film Festival.

Eyes of a Thief has official Sweden premiere in Malmo Arab Film Festival October 2 to 6 in Malmo with international guests from the film.

ARTWORK & STILLS

CAST & CREW

NAJWA NAJJAR

NAJWA NAJJAR

WRITER & DIRECTOR

Director Najwa Najjar is known for her first and critical acclaimed Pomegranates and Myrrh.
Her second feature Eyes of a Thief is inspired by a true story that has puzzled both Palestinians and Israelis: a young bricklayer shot down several Israelis soldiers and civilians at a checkpoint with a gun from WW II during the second Intifada year 2002. The bricklayer had found the gun from WW II at his Grandfathers place. Several years later after the attack the bricklayer was put in jail and the punishment was life imprisonment multiplied with the amount of people he had killed.

The main characters are made by two Arabic superstars and with the top of Palestinian actors and actresses. The Egyptian actor Khaled Abol Naga playing Tareq, is known as one of the best actors in Egypt but also for his engagement as a Unicef – Ambassador. For the role Tareq he won the price the best actor at Cairo Film Festival. Souad Massi a Algerian well known sing-a-songwriter makes in the movie her debut as an actress staring the role of Lila, she has also written a couple of songs for the movie. The young girl Malak, played by Malak Ermileh is another star in the movie who has been critical acclaimed for her achievement.

KHALED ABOL NAGA

KHALED ABOL NAGA

TAREQ SENNO
MALAK ERMILEH

MALAK ERMILEH

MALAK
SOUAD MASSI

SOUAD MASSI

LILA
SUHAIL HADDAD

SUHAIL HADDAD

ADEL
MAISA ABD ELHADI

MAISA ABD ELHADI

HOUDA
NISREEN FAOUR

NISREEN FAOUR

DUNIYA
KHALED HOURANI

KHALED HOURANI

GHASSAN
AREEN OMARI

AREEN OMARI

SALWA

Director of photography

  • Tobias Datum

Production designer

  • Rafat Assad

Editors

  • Eyas Salman
  • Patricia Rommel
  • Xavier Box
  • Panos Voutsaras

Composer

  • Tamer Karawan
  • Souad Massi

SCREENINGS

  • Stockholm

    Klarabiografen/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern onsdagen 7:e oktober & samtal med regissören
    Klarabiografen/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern måndagen 12:e oktober

  • Lund

    Kino Folkets Bio fredagen 9:e oktober

  • Malmö

    Panora fredagen 9:e oktober

  • Västerås

    Elektra Folkets Bio fredagen 9:e oktober

  • Växjö

    Folkets Bio söndagen 11:e oktober

  • Umeå

    Folkets Bio fredagen 16:e oktober

  • Göteborg

    Angereds Bio torsdagen 8:e oktober
    Hagabion torsdagen 22:e oktober

  • Bengtfors

    22 October

  • Karlstad

    Biografen Arenan fredagen 27:e november

FESTIVALS & PRIZES

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  • PALESTINIAN NOMINATION FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM AT THE 2015 OSCARS.
  • SUNDANCE DUKE GRANT RECIPIENT JAN 2011
  • WINNER DUBAI FILM CONNECTION DEC 2011
  • WINNER JORDAN FILM FUND DEC 2011
  • RIO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • KOLKOTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • FAJR IRAN FILM FESTIVAL
  • ORAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • EYE FOR FILM AMSTERDAM
  • TETOUN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • BEIRUT AYYAM FILM FESTIVAL
  • STOCKFISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • SPECIAL SCREENING DURING THE BERLINALE 2015
  • SUDAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • ALGERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL IN HAIFA
  • OPENING IN RAMALLAH ON SEPT 9TH, 2014

REVIEWS

“Palestinas Oscarbidrag dyker rakt ner i krypskyttens blick”

Maria GeorgievaSverigesradio

“Visst börjar den våldsamt, I skarpskyttens skugga, Palestinas Oscarsbidrag detta år, men inger ändå hopp om en förändring.”

Yvonne IhmelsCora

“Den oundvikliga uppgörelsen har ­karaktären av klassisk showdown i en tät liten 50-tals­western. Drivna regissören Najwa Najjars nya film är rik på dramatik och färgstarka biroller.”

Jan LumholdtSvD.se

”/…/is a fine film which,/…/ wraps the personal and the political into a seamless whole, using the framework of a psychological thriller as a vehicle for its enquiry into the effects of physical and psychological violence on the people compelled to live under it. A quietly gripping storyline and a well-realized micro-portrait of a society are just two of the qualities of a film which, given that it’s Palestine’s Oscars nomination, looks set to replicate the earlier film’s international festival journey.”

Jonathan HollandHollywood Reporter

”It is a remarkable achievement to have brought that struggle into the mainstream, and to have done so by winding together elements that are both familiar and new: a family
reunited, a resistance fighter confronting his oppressors, and the diversion of water resources as one aspect of Israel’s particular brand of settler-colonialism.”

Lana Asfoural-Araby

”It’s a beautifully shot film with a great soundtrack.” ”/…/  the young actress Malak Ermileh playing his daughter Malak was absolutely spectacular. Her ballsy attitude and potty mouth made her one of the most entertaining characters in the film”/…/ ”The relationship that develops between Tareq and Malak is incredibly touching /…/”.

Ruba AsfahaniKalimat

”/…/ the spirited Malak a beautiful performance /…/Never once does Najjar fall into the trap of idealised unearned emotion, she’s far more interested in [these] characters as human beings and never motors towards didacticism”.

D W MaultCine Vue

Den som såg egyptiske skådespelaren Khaled Abol Nagas utmärkta tolkning av en åldrande man i ”Villa 69” på Maff, Malmö Arab Film Festival, förra året ska inte missa ”I krypskyttens skugga”. Det är en av höjdpunkterna på den femårsjubilerande festivalen i helgen.

Annika Gustafssonsydsvenskan.seSydsvenskan.se