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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
Adapted from the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti and starring Hiam Abbass (SUCCESSION, BLADERUNNER 2049), 17-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family, where she writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious "Gazaman" - a young Palestinian named Naim. Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. Only 60 miles separate them but how many bombings, checkpoints, sleepless nights and bloodstained days stand between them?
Having screened at numerous international festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA “is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope." (The New York Times)
DIRECTED BY THIERRY BINISTI
FRANCE | 2011 | FRENCH, ARABIC & HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES