The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on a illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives further escalate things. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it.

2018 – Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico – 127 min – Arabic, Hebrew, English – Feature/ Drama

Directed by: Muayad Alayan
Written by: Rami Alayan
Cinematography by: Sebastian Bock
Edited by: Sameer Qumsiyeh
Cast: Adeeb Safadi, Sivane Kretchner, Ishai Golan, Maisa Abd Elhadi
Producers: Muayad Alayan, Rami Alayan
Co-producers: Hanneke Niens, Hans de Wolf, Rebekka Garrido, Rodrigo Iturralde, Georgina Gonzalez, Alejandro Durán, Amal Alayan

Produced by: PalCine Production
Co-produced by: KeyFilm, Manderley Films, Monofilms

  • Rotterdam IFF | Hubert Bals Audience Award, Special Jury Award for screenplay
  • Vilnius IFF
  • Titanic Budapest IFF | Special Mention
  • Istanbul IFF
  • Mooov FF
  • Cinepolitica IFF
  • Off Camera
  • Jeonju IFF
  • Seattle IFF | Grand Jury Prize
  • Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF
  • Galway FF
  • Brave Festival
  • Odessa IFF
  • Durban IFF | Best Film, Best Actress
  • Taoyuan Film Festival
  • Almaty Film Festival
  • Calgary IFF
  • CPH Pix
  • Vancouver IFF
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema
  • Copenhagen Cinematheque
  • Arab Film Festival
  • Sao Paulo IFF
  • Mostra de Valencia. Cinema del Mediterrani
  • Seminci Valladolid
  • Tokyo IFF
  • Leeds IFF
  • Cineuropa
  • International Eskisehir Film Festival
  • KANAAN Palestinian Film Week
  • Bristol Palestine FF

“This frequently taut psychosocial drama with political thriller elements deftly conveys the tensions, both physical and mental, between West and East Jerusalem… the film is well-placed for potentially strong worldwide play”– Variety

“A compelling drama where the personal crosses paths with the political”  The Hollywood Reporter

“Impressive and naturalistic performances”– Screendaily 

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