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Tale of Three Jewels
Michel Khleifi | UK/Belgian/Palestinian | 1994 | 112 min.
In this modern fable, director Khleifi presents Gaza, an area where terror and violence are part of the daily routine. Youssef, a 12- year-old Palestinian Arab, has retreated into an imaginary world: One day, while hunting birds, he becomes a modern hero: he falls in love with Aida, a young Gypsy leader of a gang of kids. To marry her, he must find the three lost diamonds from a family necklace. Through his quest, Youssef discovers not just the jewels, but also the meaning of life in an embattled land.
WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY: Michel Khleifi
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Omar Al-Qattan
MUSIC: Abed Azarieh
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Raymond Fromont
CAST: Youssef - Mohammad Nahhal, Aïda - Hana' Ne'meh, Salah - Ghassan Abu Libda
New York Premiere, 1996 Human Rights Watch Festival. Distributed by Sindibad Film Ltd., Nathalie Boutin, 5 Princes Gate, 2nd Floor, London, SW7 1QJ, UK, Tel: 011-44-171-823-7488 Fax: 011-44-171-823-9137.
Michel Khleifi is Palestine's foremost director. His films include Fertile Memories (1980), Wedding in Galilee (International Critics Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 1987), Canticle of the Stone (Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, 1990), L'Ordre du Jour (1992), and Tale of the Three Jewels (Cannes, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, 1995).
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