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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Feature film, 2018, 127 min.

Furtive fucking in the back of a van: this is what Sarah and Saleem’s relationship consists of. A few times a week, when Sarah has closed her café and Saleem is done with his delivery rounds. It might be better if they didn’t do it – they are both married, and so are risking their domestic happiness.

But what makes the affair even more daring is that she's Jewish and he's Palestinian. In divided Jerusalem, this goes way beyond the private. Then Sarah and Saleem are seen together in a club in Bethlehem, and it’s not long before Saleem has the security services from both sides breathing down his neck. A simple extramarital affair becomes a spy sensation, which is given an extra political dimension by the fact that Sarah’s husband is a high-ranking officer in the Israeli army.

won prizes

  • NL - Rotterdam International Film Festival IFFR Special Jury Award
  • NL - Rotterdam International Film Festival IFFR Audience Award HBF
  • NL - Rotterdam International Film Festival IFFR selection
  • JP - Tokyo International Film Festival
  • KZ – Almaty Eurasia International Film Festival

other prizes

  • US - Seattle International Film Festival
  • HU - Budapest Titanic International Film Festival (2)
  • SA - Durban International Film Festival (2)

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