2020 FESTIVAL POSTPONEMENT: 15th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Postponed Until Further Notice

Western Massachusetts Premiere

Sharp-eyed and funny.
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Tel Aviv on Fire

Tuesday, March 31, 1:30 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton

Thursday, April 2, 1:30 PM
Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield

Winner of top prizes at the Haifa and Venice film festivals, writer-director Sameh Zoabi's satire follows Salam, a hapless slacker who begins work on a sudsy Palestinian TV soap opera "Tel Aviv on Fire," popular with both Israelis and Palestinians. Salam's daily commute from the show's studio in Ramallah through the Israeli checkpoint leads to regular encounters with the IDF officer in charge. When the officer demands Salam change the show's story line to make his wife happy, Salam struggles with concocting plot twists to suit the viewers on both sides. Nominated for 4 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, 2019. (Note adapated from NCJF's Annual Film Festival.)

Best Screenplay, 2019 Israeli Academy Awards

Comedy| 2019 | 97 minutes
Israel, France, Belgium, Luxembourg | Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles
Directed by Sameh Zoabi



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