• Production: MK2 Productions, R&C Produzioni, Arte France Cinema, BIM Distribuzione
    Producers: Amos Gitai, Marin Karmitz, Laurent Truchot
  • Starring: Juliano Mer, Tomer Ruso, Veronica Nicole, Yussef Abu-Warda
  • Written By: Amos Gitai
  • Distributed By: Kino International
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Narrative | 2002 | 100 min.
Directed by: Amos Gitai

Set seven days before the creation of the state of Israel in May 1948, a small rusted ship, carrying a group of concentration camp survivors, is met in Palestine by aggressive British troops. The secret Jewish army attempts to help the survivors, but only a small number make it to land. Tired and hungry, the hopeful immigrants must immediately take up arms against the Arabs. They thought they had escaped a war--but then were drafted into another. Unspoken truths from both sides explode in the violent and tragic ensuing conflict.

For more information visit the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

"While minimalist in its presentation, the film becomes nearly operatic in its intensity." - Ken Fox, TV Guide

"Israeli auteur Amos Gitai's visionary re-imagining of his country's birth in 1948."

-Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice

*Won - Israeli Academy Awards - Best Costume
*Nominated - Israeli Academy Awards - Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Supporting Actor (Yussef Abu-Warda)
*Nominated - Bangkok International Film Festival - Golden Kinnaree Award
*Nominated - Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
*Won - Sao Paulo International Film Festival - Critics' Award
*Won - Louisville Jewish Film Festival - Award for Best Film 

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