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A Tramway in Jerusalem

Out of Competition

Director:
Amos Gitai
Production:
Agav Films (Laurent Truchot), CDP (Catherine Dussart), Amos Gitai
Running Time:
90’
Language:
Hebrew, Arabic, French, Italian, Yiddish, German, Ladin
Country:
Israel, France
Main Cast:
Noa Ahinoamam Nini, Mathieu Amalric, Hana Laslo, Yael Abecassis, Pippo Delbono, Yuval Scharf, Karen Mor, Lamis Amar, Mustafa Mazi
Screenplay:
Amos Gitai, Marie-José Sanselme
Cinematographer:
Eric Gautier
Editor:
Yuval Orr
Production Designer:
Maria Volfman, Yaron Ravid
Costume Designer:
Rona Doron
Music:
Louis Sclavis, Alex Claude
Sound:
Stéphane Thiébaut, Alex Claude, Oded Ringel

Synopsis

A Tramway in Jerusalem is a situation comedy that juxtaposes stories and human situations in the context of the current Israeli Palestinian society in 2018. In Jerusalem the tramway connects several neighbourhoods, from East to West, recording their variety and differences. The film brings together a whole mosaic of human beings unfolding in this city which is also the spiritual centre of the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We observe the daily life of this human landscape, a series of encounters that take place along the Light Rail Red Line, from the Palestinian neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina in East-Jerusalem to Mount Herzl in West-Jerusalem. This theme comedy observes with humour a series of short situations, moments of the everyday life of a few passengers. For us – the filmmaker, the visitor during this trip – the human reality of Jerusalem is a juxtaposition of the fragments of life, of conflicts and reconciliations, that appear in the film. As if we would like to project the daily life and its inertia power against the demagogism which aims to distill hatred. Let’s hope for the best.

Director’s Statement

The film is an optimistic and ironic metaphor of the divided city of Jerusalem in which we, Israelis, Palestinians and others, try to simulate how life can happen in this microcosm or “sardines can” of a tramway, in the utopian days to come. Beyond the current days of conflict and violence, how can people accept each other’s existence, differences and disputes, with NO KILLING?

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: AGAV FILMS/CDP/United King
37 Rachi Street
63265 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel. 972544510295
agav@amosgitai.com

PRODUCTION 2: CDP
25 rue Gambetta
92100 – Boulogne, France
Tel. +33 685259280
cdp@cdpproductions.fr

WORLD SALES: Andrei Kamarowsky - Orange Studio
21 rue Jasmin
75016 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 144440603
andrei.kamarowsky@orange.com

PRESS OFFICE: Richard Lormand - FILM⎮PRESS⎮PLUS
www.FilmPressPlus.com
IntlPressIT@aol.com
Tel. +33-9-7044-9865


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