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Sameh Zoabi – Tel Aviv On Fire #EFA2019

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How a palestinian living in Israel manages to create international comedies on the struggle of his country? Here you can find it out, through the words of Sameh Zoabi.

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PODCAST | Angelo Acerbi interviews Sameh Zoabi, director of the film Tel Aviv On Fire.

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Sameh Zoabi has always been interested in the comedy as a way to treat serious matters. He tells Angelo Acerbi, in Berlin at the European Film Awards, his reasons, his method and the difficulties of such choices in an area of the world where going after the fun side of things is a minus.

Tel Aviv On Fire:  The story focuses on Salam (Kais Nashif), a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, who gets a job as a trainee on the Palestinian popular soap opera Tel Aviv on Fire, which happens to be overseen by his uncle Bassam (Nadim Sawalha). One day, he makes a suggestion about the show, which his uncle likes; however, it infuriates the head writer so much, she quits over artistic differences. The job is then handed over to Salem, who quickly finds out that he might be in way over his head.

To discover more about the EFA – European Film Award 2019, click here.

This interview has been recorded during the 32nd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS ceremony on 7th December 2019 in Berlin. FRED Film Radio is media partner of the event.

  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Sameh Zoabi
  • Interviewee role
    director
  • Film title
    Tel Aviv On Fire
  • Festival section
    Best Comedy
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