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Laila's Birthday
Director: Rashid Masharawi

2008, 35mm, colour, 71'
Vers: Palestinian - Sub: Ita

Eros and Psyche Award Winner

Rashid Masharawi takes us through the streets of Ramallah, on an ordinary, day-long journey in which different lives and their problems unravel. Without lingering on the conflicts and the walls which overshadow the city, Masharawi creates a story, devoid of any rhetoric, which unwinds modestly and, more eloquently than it shows, grasps the simple truths of the emotions portrayed. This great Palestinian author presents the public with a clean, neat piece of work, not lacking in irony, which opens on an ending of great hope.

Judge Abu Laila is forced to become a taxi driver when the government runs out of money to pay for his wages. On the day of his daughter Laila's seventh birthday, his wife insists that he needs be home early with a present and a cake. Abu Laila has nothing else on his mind than completing this mission. But the daily life in Palestine is a bit chaotic and takes him in many other directions before he gets home...

Screenplay: Rashid Masharawi
Cinematography: Tarek Ben Abdallah A.I.C., Nestor Sanz
Editing: Pascal Chavance
Music: Kais Sellami
Sound: Issa Qumsyeh
Cast: Sandra Mohammed Bakri, Areen Omari, Nour Zoubi

Prizes and selections:
Toronto International Film Festival 2008 (Contemporary World Cinema)

Cinetel Films
(Ariana, T +216 70731986;

Sweet Water Pictures, Cinema Production Center

Fortissimo Films
(Amsterdam, T +31 20 6273215; F +31 20 6261155;;

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