fbpx BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH | Gene Siskel Film Center
Film Series : CPFF2020


2019, Najwa Najjar, Palestine/Iceland/Luxembourg, 92 min.
With Mouna Hawa, Firas Nasser

Show Times

  • Thu, Oct 8th 6:30pm

“More than a road movie…strikes a good balance between the personal story and the political context.”--Ola Salwa, Cineuropa

An urgent road trip in a vintage Mercedes includes psychic detours through the checkered pasts of an attractive middle-class Palestinian couple seeking a quick divorce after five years of marriage. A seeming bureaucratic error leaves Salma (Hawa) and Tamer (Nasser) without an essential document verifying his paternity, sending them on a trek from the West Bank to the Golan Heights in search of a mysterious associate of his dead father. Director Najjar (EYES OF A THIEF, the 2015 Palestinian Oscar entry) weaves together the intimately connected dilemma of two people still ambivalent about their permanent parting with the wider political aspects that confront them at every turn. Salma is the daughter of a Palestinian activist, while Tamer is the son of a writer assassinated in Beirut. Discoveries involving the lives and politics of their parents take on new meaning as the two are forced to see each other in a new light. In Arabic, English, Hebrew, and French with English subtitles.

Preceded by NIGHTMARE OF GAZA (2019, Farah Nabulsi, UK/UAE, 13 min.

Location: ChiTown Movies 2343 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608
Price: $28 (early bird special 30% off. Use code: CPFF )

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