Laila in Haifa

Laila in Haifa

Original title: Laila in Haifa
Director: Amos Gitai
Screenplay: Marie-Jose Sanselme
Cast: Tsahi Halevi, Maria Zreik, Khawla Ibraheem, Hisham Suleiman
Country: Israel
Year of production: 2020
Length (min): 97
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sales: The Festival Agency
Section: Panorama: Icons
Sponsors: Velvyslanectví Státu Izrael

One night, one club. Five women and five intertwining lives whose stories make up a colourful mosaic of contemporary society in the present-day land of David. Here, the seaside city of Haifa is one of the last places where Palestinians and Israelis, men and women, and people of different sexual orientation still live in peace. Renowned director Amos Gitai explores the status of women in Israel, asking the question of whether art can be that key substance to bring together divided parties.

Amos Gitai

Born in Haifa, Gitai‘s first experience of film was during the Yom Kippur War, when he recorded a rescue operation and the horrors of the situation around him. His first international success came with his documentary debut, House (1980). His films have been selected for competition for the Palme d'Or four times, and for the Golden Lion seven times. His new film also premiered in competition at last year's Venice Film Festival.

With support

Velvyslanectví Státu Izrael

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