This UK premiere was proudly presented with Leeds International Film Festival.
Sarah, an Israeli, runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families.
When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives further escalate things. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it.
Muayad Alayan, 2018, 127 minutes, Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico
Winner Hubert Bals Fund Audience Award, IFFR 2018. For the screenplay of this film the writer, Rami Alayan, was awarded IFFR’s Special Jury Award for exceptional artistic achievement.