Omar

Winner
Un Certain Regard ~ Avenir Prize
Cannes Film Festival
Captures the everyday reality of life in the West Bank and the ... cost of living constantly in a state of powerless anxiety and desperation.

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Omar

A tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he's either a freedom fighter or a terrorist - you decide - ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game: is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the complex moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the front-lines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up.

An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
Genre
Drama, Thriller/Suspense
Runtime
98
Language
Arabic, Hebrew
Director
Hany Abu-Assad
Cast
Essam Abu Aabed, Foad Abed-Eihadi, Adel Abu-Lasheen
Awards:
Winner, Un Certain Regard ~ Avenir Prize, Cannes Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews

“Omar” is not only filmmaking of the highest order; it is by far the most frontal assault on Israeli savagery that I have ever seen in a movie theater. The Palestinians are caught in a spider’s web that makes their fate almost inescapable. There is a sense of futility about the attempt to free the ...

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