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Strangers-Movie Review 01/24/2012

Posted by Films to consider in Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, Emotional Drama, English/French/Hebrew/Arabic language film, Jerusalem Film Festival, Movies, Romance, São Paolo International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival.
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Strangers (English/French/Hebrew/Arabic) 2007

NOMINATED, Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema-Dramatic (Tadmor & Nattiv), Sundance Film Festival
WINNER, Most Promising Actress (Azabal), Jerusalem Film Festival
NOMINATED, Best Actor (Levo), Awards of the Israeli Film Academy
NOMINATED, International Jury Award (Tadmor & Nattiv), São Paolo International Film Festival

Directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv
Starring Liron Levo and Lubna Azabal

An unlikely couple meets when they accidentally pick up each other’s backpack on a train in Berlin. The attraction they have for each other seems destined to go nowhere: Eyal (Levo) is Israeli and Rana (Azabal) is Palestinian. As both get caught up in the fervor surrounding the six days of the 2006 World Cup Soccer finals, their passionate affair develops into something that changes their lives.

Despite the odds against Eyal and Rana’s relationship, Levo and Azabal manage to create a very believable couple. Not overly long itself, this film was based on a short version that previously won at Sundance.

81 min. Not rated. Adult themes and sexual content.