Film Series : Chicago Palestine Film Festival 2017


2016, Heidi Saman, USA, 78 min. With Karim Saleh, Waleed Zuaiter.

Show Times

  • Sun, Apr 16th 5:15pm
  • Sat, Apr 29th 8:00pm

“A perceptive and involving portrait of unraveling…an unusually accomplished debut with strong contributions on both sides of the camera.” — Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

A morose twenty-something valet parking attendant for a ritzy Los Angeles eatery experiences a quarter-life crisis in this keenly observant drama of an assimilated Palestinian family’s gradual disintegration against the background of California cool. Steven (Saleh) is drifting in place, hating his demeaning job, shown up by his ambitious over-achiever sister, and uneasily coming to terms with his parents’ pending divorce, the sale of the family home, and the fading thrills of an uncommitted romance. First time director Saman, winner of the Muse Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, brings an acute sense of an unmoored culture to this late-onset coming of age. DCP digital. (BS)

Preceded by OCEANS OF INJUSTICE, 2016, Bruno de Champris, UK/Palestine, 12 min.), a metaphorical journey through Palestine.

Sunday, April 16 at 5:15 PM: Director Heidi Saman is tentatively scheduled to appear via Skype.

Saturday, April 29 at 8 PM: Director Heidi Saman is scheduled to appear in person.

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