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Cup Final

Directed by: Eran Riklis
105 Minutes, 1991, Comedy; Drama

Set during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Cup Final tells the story of Cohen, a young Israeli soldier who is kidnapped by a group of Palestinian fighters and held hostage during the conflict. The 1982 FIFA World Cup happens to be on during the invasion, and captor and captive’s mutual love of football (and support for the Italian team), helps break down the barriers of nationalism and historical baggage.


Director: Eran Riklis

Producer: Michael Sharfstein

Cast: Moshe Ivgy

Cast: Bassam Zo’amat

Cast: Salim Dau

Cast: Mohammad Bakri

Cast: Yussuf Abu-Warda

Cast: Suhel Haddad

Written by: Eyal Halfon

Distributor: Icarus Films


Moscow International Film Festival; Berlin International Film Festival

Eran Riklis: Nominated for the Golden St. George Award