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Circus Palestina

Directed by: Eyal Halfon
83 Minutes, 1998

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.


Director: Eyal Halfon

Producer: Anat Bikel

Producer: Uri Sabag

Producer: Haim Sharir

Producer: Marek Rozenbaum

Cast: Yoram Hattab

Cast: Jenya Dodina

Cast: Amos Lavi

Cast: Vladimir Friedman

Cast: Bassam Zo’amat

Cast: Rinan Haim

Screenwriter: Eyal Halfon

Original Music: Shlomo Gronich

Cinematographer: Valentin Belonogov

Editor: Tova Asher

Production Design: Ariel Glazer

1st assistant director: Riki Shelach Nessimoff

Assistant Director: Oded Ruskin

Sound re-recording mixer: Israel David

Sound: Yohai Moshe

Special Effects Supervisor: Pini Klavir