After a Successful First Week
Between Heaven and Earth to Continue Screening for the Second Week at Zawya Cinema
After a successful first week in cinemas with multiple full house screenings since its release on December 2, Palestinian film Between Heaven and Earth will continue screening for the second week in a row at Zawya cinema.
The filmÂ’s premiere was attended by the film's director Najwa Najjar, who was a jury member of this yearÂ’s edition of Cairo International Film Festival, along with a number of superstars, including Ahmed Magdy, Music Composer Tamer Karawan and DOP Ahmad Al Morsy. Najjar revealed she will attend further screenings of the film during its second week in cinemas to engage with the audience and be part of their interaction with this watching experience.
To watch the filmÂ’s trailer, head to the following link:
The film has garnered several awards at international festivals, including the Naguib Mahfouz Award for Best Screenplay, during the last edition of Cairo International Film Festival, Best Feature Audience Award at Boston Palestine Film Festival, and Best Male Performance at Mostra di Valencia Film Festival and Audience Award at Middle East Now Film Festival Florence. Also, Between Heaven and Earth took part in a number of prestigious festivals: London Palestine Film Festival, Toronto Palestine Film Festival, and Malmo Arab Film Festival, to name a few.
A thirty-something couple, Salma and Tamer, have been married for the past five years and living in the Palestinian Territory.Â The first time Tamer is ever given a three-day permit to cross the Israeli checkpoint, is to file for divorce in the courts in Nazareth. At the courthouse, they are confronted with a staggering discovery about the past of TamerÂ’s father; a secret which sends Salma and Tamer
spinning on an emotional road trip exploring the loss and betrayal of the past, and of themselves.Â
Written and directed by Palestinian filmmaker Najwa Najjar, the film is produced by Ustura Films, in co-production with Paul Thiltges Distributions (Luxembourg) and Oktober Films (Iceland).
MAD Solutions handles the filmÂ’s Arab world distribution.
Najwa Najjar is a Palestinian writer/director. She received her BA in Political Science and Economy, and her MA in Film and Video Production (USA). Since 2000, she has worked on both documentary and feature films. In 2009, she directed her award-winning critically acclaimed debut feature film Pomegranates and Myrrh (2009), followed by her second award winning film: Eyes of a Thief (2014), which earned the award for Best Actor at the Cairo International Film Festival and was Palestine's official submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film category in 2015 and the Golden Globe Awards. Between Heaven and Earth is her latest project.
Najwa has also given several Directors' Masterclasses and was on several international film festival Juries, as well as a reader for the Rawi Sundance Lab for Arab scriptwriters and an advisor for the Rawi Sundance ScriptwritersÂ’ Lab.