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OUT IN THE DARK (Israel)
April 13, 2013 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:30 am
Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening
Special Guest – Writer/Director Michael Mayer
Two young men, a Palestinian grad student and an Israeli lawyer, played by Nicholas Jacob and Michael Aloni, meet and fall in love amidst personal and political intrigue in this striking debut feature from Israeli director Michael Mayer. Rarely has the emotional, human toll of the Israel-Palestine conflict been explored in such immediate, affecting and sensual detail.
Director: Michael Mayer
Writers: Michael Mayer, Yael Shafrir
Runtime: 96 min.
Genre: Drama | Romance
Country: Israel | USA | Palestine
Language: Hebrew | Arabic
Starring: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jamil Khoury
FESTIVALS: Toronto International Film Festival, Canada; Hamburg Film Festival, Germany; Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece; Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden; Belgrade Film Festival, Serbia; Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia; London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, UK; Santa Barbara Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego, Atlanta, JFF, Chicago Film Festival, Israeli Film Festival of Greater Philadelphia, US
AWARDS: Haifa International Film Festival, Israeli Film Competition Award, Full Length Feature Film; Audience Award, Best Feature Film, Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, Australia
Israeli born Michael Mayer “has tapped into a predicament not often visited cinematically when exploring the ever present conflict in the Mid-East, and he’s managed to not only make a memorable debut, but an unflinching document about the violence and hardships LGBT people face in this hostile territory.” ioncinema.com
Opening dates: Feb 28 – Israel, March – UK, April – France, May – Germany, July – US, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Brazil & Spain and September – Taiwan.