About the film
Release Date: January 01, 2002
|Genres||:||Drama, Romance, Comedy|
|Production Companies||:||Soread-2M, Ognon Pictures, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Gimages, Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion (I), Ness Communication & Productions Ltd., ARTE France Cinéma|
|Producers||:||Rémi Burah, Humbert Balsan, Joachim Ortmanns, Babette Schröder, Avi Kleinberger, Elia Suleiman, Galit Rosenstain|
Santa Claus tries to outrun a gang of knife-wielding youth. It's one of several vignettes of Palestinian life in Israel - in a neighborhood in Nazareth and at Al-Ram checkpoint in East Jerusalem. Most of the stories are droll, some absurd, one is mythic and fanciful; few words are spoken. A man who goes through his mail methodically each morning has a heart attack. His son visits him in hospital. The son regularly meets a woman at Al-Ram; they sit in a car, hands caressing. Once, she defies Israeli guards at the checkpoint; later, Ninja-like, she takes on soldiers at a target range. A red balloon floats free overhead. Neighbors toss garbage over walls. Life goes on until it doesn't.