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Sameh Zoabi – Tel Aviv on Fire #Venezia75

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Soap opera, Ramallah style.

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9 min. and 30 sec.

PODCAST| Matt Micucci interviews Sameh Zoabi, director of the film Tel Aviv on Fire.

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Filmmaker Sameh Zoabi premiered his new film Tel Aviv On Fire in the Orizzonti section of the 75th Venice Film Festival. The film revolves around the production of an imagined produced in Ramallah, and the misadventures of an intern-turned-writer on the show. Zoabi talks with us about the power of the soap operas especially within this social and political context – that of the Israel and Palestine conflict, as well as the sense of humor of the film and more.

Tel Aviv on Fire: Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on the popular Palestinian soap opera Tel Aviv on Fire, produced in Ramallah. Every day Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. He meets the commander of the check point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show. In order to impress her, Assi gets involved in the writing of the show. Salam soon realises that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. His creative career catches fire, until Assi and the show’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Squeezed between an Army officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke.

To know more about the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Sameh Zoabi
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    Tel Aviv on Fire
  • Festival section
    Orizzonti
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