The Adventures of an Unfortunate Car Thief in the Arabian Nights Section
Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements Part of DIFF 2015
After a highly successful festival tour in Europe, America, and Asia, Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements participates at the Dubai International Film Festival (9 -16 December 2015). Director Muayad Alayan's film will take part in the Arabian Nights section, which screens world renowned films with a distinctive Arab flavor.
A few days prior to its screening in Dubai, the film will compete in the Official Competition Debut Film within the 26th Carthage Film Festival held from 12 to 28 November.
The film revolves around a Palestinian car thief who gets into the trouble of his life when he steals the wrong car. What he thought was an Israeli car and an easy way to make money in his impoverished refugee camp turns out to be a load of misfortune when he discovers a kidnapped Israeli soldier in the trunk.
Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements is director Muayad Alayan's debut feature film. He also was the Director of Photography for the film which was co-written and co-produced with Rami Alayan through PalCine Productions. The film stars Sami Metwasi, Maya Abu Alhayyat, Ramzi Maqdisi, Riyad Sliman, Kamel Elbasha, Hussein Nakhleh with MAD Solutions handing the film's distribution in the Arab world.
The film's world premiere was held at Berlin International Film Festival within the Panorama Section and was nominated for the Best First Feature Award at Berlin International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival in the United States, Taipei Film Festival in Taiwan and Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland. It was also screened as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival (24 September - 9 October) within the Cinema of Our Time section, which includes feature films from over 30 countries around the world and encompasses some of the best contemporary films that have either won awards or taken part in distinguished film festivals, such as Cannes and Berlin. The section also includes premiere screenings of the most anticipated feature films that are set to be released in cinemas next year.
Muayad Alayan is a Palestinian film director, producer and cinematographer based in Jerusalem. After completing his studies in San Francisco, Alayan retuned to Palestine with the goal of making organic cinema by and about Palestinians as a community; a cinema made through the participation of people coming together to tell stories, against all odds and with means that creatively defy limitations. At the age of 22, Alayan tested his vision with his first narrative short, Lesh Sabreen?, which was made with the participation of youth and young adults in his home village and focused on their experiences and concerns as youth living in Jerusalem and under occupation. The film was premiered in competition at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France in 2009 and went on to compete at several other prestigious festivals such as Palm Springs Shortfest and Dubai Film Festival, in addition to over 60 other festivals in 25 countries worldwide.
DIFF is one of the most important film festivals in the Arab world. In its 12th edition this year, DIFF will showcase over 120 features, shorts films and documentaries from around the world and will include several world premieres. Every year DIFF presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world and beyond, introducing audiences to fresh new talent and original and distinctive filmmaking.