• Production: Anat Bikel, Uri Sabag, Haim Sharir, Marek Rozenbaum
  • Starring: Yoram Hattab, Jenya Dodina, Amos Lavi
  • Written By: Eyal Halfon
  • Distributed By: Paralite Films, Transfax Film Productions Ltd., IsraeliFilms, SISU
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Circus Palestina

NarrativeOther | 1998 | 83 min.
Directed by: Eyal Halfon

A dark comedy chronicling the trials and tribulations of a small circus troupe who visit the West Bank. When a lion escapes the camp, an unlikely alliance is forged between Russian lion tamer Mariana (Evgenia Dudina), Israeli Sergeant Bleiberg (Yoram Hatav), and a young Arab boy (Yousef Ibrahim), who join forces in a effort to find the beast before it can injure any unsuspecting townspeople. A charming, subtle, and politically astute comedy with more than enough heart to compensate for its low production values.


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Critical Acclaim

"“Circus Palestina” opened the 15th annual Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles and was repeated to a full house two weeks later. In Israel, “Circus Palestina” won awards for best film, best script, best actor, best supporting actor and best musical score at the equivalent of the Academy Awards." -Pat & Samir Twair, Washington Report

*Winner: 1998 Israeli Academy Awards: Best film, best actor, best supporting actor, best screenplay, best music

*Nominated: 1998 Israeli Academy Awards: Best actress, best supporting actress, best cinematography, best art direction, best costume design, best sound, best editing

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