Hany Abu-Assad, Palestinian director

“I love to direct actors”

Events and Festivals, Palestine

Last May, in Cannes, Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad's Omar was awarded the Jury Prize in the festival's Un Certain Regard section. In it, sensitive young baker Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to scale the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, he becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardise his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.

Euromed Audiovisual met the director.

“I love to direct actors. For me, it’s difficult but also joyful.”

“I heard this story two years ago and I felt like it’s very worth it to make a movie from it. Secondly, I know an Egyptian movie called El Karnak which deals with the same themes of trust, love and friendship.”

Interview in English

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