Hany Abu Assad – Gaza or Hollywood


Controversial Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad received two Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe and the Jury Prize at the Cannes film festival for engaging thrillers about his tormented home country. Lacking funds, his films are largely improvised, with a motley crew of friends and amateur actors. Now, he signed up to direct superstars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in the freezing cold of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in a multimillion Hollywood production. Will this be the perfect ending to his personal from-rags-to riches story, or will it be the end of a promising career? – Documentary (85′) – in production – Director Wilfried Koomen