OMAR – Thursday 27 November, 8pm

By July 23, 2014 archive, Season 11 Films

Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love, Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war.  On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police.  Suspicion and betrayal jeopardise his long-time trust with accomplices and childhood friends, Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia. – Cannes Film Festival 2014

Director:  Hany Abu-Assad.  Palestine, 2013.  Language: Arabic.  96 minutes.  Cert:15

The unpredictable climax to this cat-and-mouse political thriller is pure genius. – Filmmaker Magazine

Starring: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat

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