Muayad Alayan’s Supernatural Drama ‘A House in Jerusalem’ Holds Rotterdam Premiere

‘A House in Jerusalem’ opens in the Limelight Section of Rotterdam IFF.
Alayan’s third feature follows a young girl (Miley Locke) who is forced to move with her father (Johnny Harris) from the U.K. to Jerusalem, in the hopes that a new beginning can help her heal from her mother’s sudden death. Soon after settling into an old house in a neighborhood known as the Valley of the Ghosts, a series of mysterious events take place, for which Rebecca is blamed. Diving deep into the mystery of the house and the mystical city of Jerusalem, Rebecca sets out on a journey to discover what hides in the shadows of the house.

The film is written by Alayan and his brother Rami and produced by PalCine Productions and Wellington Films Limited, and co-produced by Metafora, ZDF/ARTE, Cocoon Films, Red Balloon Film and KeyFilm, in partnership with MAD Solutions. Pic was supported by the BFI Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Fund, MOIN Hamburg Filmförderung and Pont Neuf Productions.

Alayan’s previous film, “The Reports on Sarah and Saleem,” premiered at Rotterdam in 2018, where it won two awards, and took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle Intl. Film Festival. His debut, “Love, Theft and Other Entanglements,” bowed in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama strand in 2015 and sold to more than 20 territories. “A House in Jerusalem” was previously presented in Rotterdam’s CineMart co-production market.

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