Israel's AJAMI opens in Buffalo on 05/07/10
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“EXHILARATING...AN ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT FILM.
A contemporary crime drama edged with Greek tragedy...the movie teems with life.” - , The Village Voice
“FOUR STARS! DEEPLY HUMANE...takes harrowing, tricky circumstances and illuminates them with Scorsesian snap.”- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out (New York)
“ACUTELY INSIGHTFUL...THE FILM [HAS] AN EXTRAORDINARY IMMEDIACY.
You emerge from Ajami...grateful for the heart, craft and intelligence the movie has shown.”- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“A REMARKABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT...a multistrand potboiler worthy of an Israeli Dickens.”- Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
Essential viewing for all engaged in the ongoing drama of the Middle East, AJAMI is a brave, apolitical look at Jews and Arabs in Jaffa’s multi-ethnic Ajami neighborhood — a searing debut by Israeli and Palestinian co-directors, whose balanced perspective and use of non-professional local actors lend a palpable authenticity to a complex, cross-cultural drama.
Shakespearian in its scope and themes — revenge, loyalty, hope and despair — we are drawn into the lives of two brothers fearing assassination; a young Palestinian refugee working illegally to cover his mother’s medical expenses; an Israeli woman and her affluent Palestinian boyfriend dreaming of building a life together; and a Jewish cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Through its unprecedented authenticity and immediacy, the film forces us to look at the Middle East conflict through the commonality of the human condition — and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.
OPENS FRIDAY 05/07/10 IN BUFFALO:
Eastern Hills Cinema