Arabisk filmfestival: Haifa Street
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Haifa Street, Bagdad 2006. En av de farligste gatene i byen og som lider under borgerkrigen som har plaget byen. Når Ahmed går ut av Taxien utenfor huset til sin elskede Suads hus for å be om hennes hånd, blir han skutt av Salam, en engstelig ung snikskytter som lever sitt eget personlige helvete på taket over. Suad prøver desperat å redde Ahmed, men Salam hindrer noen i å nærme seg ham under trusselen om skuddveksling. Når datteren hennes Nadia får hjelp av deres utspekulerte nabo Dalal, bryter helvete løs under den amerikanske okkupasjonens illevarslende tilstedeværelse.
Mohanad Hayal (f. 1985) ble født i det sørlige Irak i byen Nasiriyah. Han ble uteksaminert fra Academy of Fine Arts i Bagdad i 2010. Hans debutfilm, Haifa Street mottok hovedprisen på Busan International Film Festival i Sør-Korea og prisene for beste film og beste skuespiller i Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition på Cairo International Film Festival.
Originaltittel: Share’ Haifa
Land: Irak, Qatar
Regi: Mohanad Hayal
Manus : Mohanad Hayal, Hala Alsalman
Foto: Salam Salman
Med: Asad Abdulmajeed, Ali Thamir, Yumna Marwan, Iman Abdulhassan
Produksjonsselskap: Sumerian Dream Production
Spilletid: 79 min
Sjanger: Fiction. Drama/Romance/War
Set in Baghdad in 2006, Haifa Street is one of the most dangerous places suffering from the civil war and violence that has plagued the city. When Ahmed is dropped off there by taxi on his way to his beloved Suad’s house to ask for her hand in marriage, he gets shot by Salam, an anxious young sniper who is living his own personal hell on a rooftop above. Suad desperately tries to save Ahmed, but Salam prevents anyone from approaching him under the threat of gunfire. When her daughter Nadia elicits the help of their cunning neighbor Dalal, all hell breaks loose under the ominous presence of the American occupation.
About the filmmaker
Mohanad Hayal was born in southern Iraq in the city of Nasiriyah in 1985.He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 2010. He participated in many advanced cinema workshops in a number of Arab and European countries. His film Happy Birthday was selected for the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and received the Rising Star Award at the 2013 Rhode International Film Festival in America. His debut feature film Haifa Street received the Grand Prize at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and the awards for Best Film and Best Actor within the Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition at the Cairo International Film Festival. In addition to his work as a director, he also worked as a co-producer in a number of movies, and has prepared several workshops in the field of writing and co-production, and he currently holds the position of head of the film production department at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture.