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Omar (2013)

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  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 16 October 2013 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: 96 min
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  • IMDb page: Omar (2013)
  • Rate: 7.7/10 total 1,206 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 16 October 2013 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Filming Location: Nazareth, Israel
  • Director: Hany Abu-Assad
  • Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Iyad Hoorani | See full cast and crew »
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Pregnancy | Trust | Prison | Israeli Army | Torture

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Hany Abu-Assad 

Known Trivia

  • Official submission of Palestine to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing. Full summary » |  »

Story: Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he’s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist — you decide — ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game-is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? Written byAdopt Films

Synopsis

Synopsis: When a trio of young Palestinians decides to kill an Israeli soldier, one of them, a baker named Omar, is arrested and beaten by Israeli intelligence agents. Told that he will be given his freedom if he assists in capturing the man they believe to be the shooter, Omar rejoins his friends and begins to suspect that there is an informant among them.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Hany Abu-Assad known as producer
  • Baher Agbariya known as line producer
  • Waleed Al-Ghafari known as executive producer
  • David Gerson known as producer
  • Zahi Khouri known as executive producer
  • Suhail A. Sikhtian known as executive producer
  • Abbas F. Eddy Zuaiter known as executive producer
  • Ahmad F. Zuaiter known as executive producer
  • Farouq A. Zuaiter known as executive producer (as Dr. Farouq A. Zuaiter)
  • Waleed Zuaiter known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Essam Abu Aabed known as Omar's Boss
  • Foad Abed-Eihadi known as Soldier
  • Adel Abu-Lasheen known as Agent in Market Chase
  • Baher Agbariya known as Prison Guard #1
  • Mousa Habiib Allah known as Seqing Shoop Manager
  • Wafaa Aon known as Omar's Mother
  • Em Ahmad Assad known as Woman in House in Chase
  • Jehad Abu Assal known as Omar's Father
  • Najwa Atamnah known as Amjad Sister #1
  • Mousa Awad known as Tarek Guard #3
  • Rohl Ayadi known as Hussam
  • Pauline Bahoth known as Nadia's Friend
  • Adam Bakri known as Omar
  • Samer Bisharat known as Amjad
  • Majd Bitar known as Tarek's Friend
  • Ibrahim Boulus known as Agent in Market Chase
  • Maroon Boulus known as Agent in Market Chase
  • Marwa Dawood known as Nadia's Friend
  • Walid Abed Elsalam known as Leader at the Funeral
  • Shetrit Eran known as Tracking Device Technician
  • Eliana Faranesh known as Amjad Sister #6
  • Rawan Faranesh known as Amjad Sister #2
  • David Gerson known as Prison Guard #2
  • Jeries Gghrayeb known as Agent in Market Chase
  • Eltamar Halpirin known as Rami's Agent #3
  • Mohamad Hassan known as Old Man Near The Wall
  • Elias Abu Hattom known as Agent
  • Anna Maria Hawa known as Abeer Omar's Sister
  • Donna Hawa known as Nadia's Friend
  • Laura Hawa known as Nurse
  • Iyad Hoorani known as Tarek
  • Raed Rashad Jaa'issa known as Man in House in Chase
  • May Jabareen known as Suit Store Employee
  • Ihab Jadallah known as Prisoner in Yard
  • Ziad Jarjoura known as Amer Omar's Brother
  • Nael Kanj known as Rami's Agent #1
  • Jamal Khalaile known as Tarek Guard #1
  • Tarik Kopty known as Tarek's Father
  • Adi Krayem known as Soldier
  • Yael Lerer known as Omar's Lawyer
  • Doraid Liddawi known as Soldier
  • Leem Lubany known as Nadia
  • Ali Magdube known as Prisoner #2
  • Dunia Makhlouf known as Amjad Sister #5
  • Ramzi Maqdisi known as Muhsen Ali Taha
  • Marco Matar known as Agent
  • Nisai Mhannah known as Amjad Sister #4
  • Lama Naamneh known as Amjad Sister #3
  • Rasha Nahas known as Nadia's Friend
  • Eyas Natour known as Rami's Agent #2
  • Eli Rezik known as Prison Guard #3
  • Ela'd Sabaq known as Rami's Agent #4
  • Adham Salim known as Prisoner #1
  • Omaima Sarhan known as Amjad Sister #7
  • Butros Shaheen known as Agent
  • Hadi Abu Sineh known as Little Boy at Restaurant
  • Yousef Slieman known as Little Tarek
  • Mohamad Soboh known as Tarek Guard #2
  • Avishay Solomon known as Prison Guard #4
  • Jasmine Suleiman known as Baby Girl 'Abla'
  • Yousef 'Joe' Sweid known as Torturer
  • Waleed Zuaiter known as Agent Rami

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ruba Hamed Diab known as assistant makeup artist
  • Dörte Dobkowitz known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Ali Alaf known as construction coordinator
  • Nir Alba known as art director: prison
  • Avi Bardugo known as carpenter
  • Andrei Chemakov known as carpenter
  • Morad Esmail known as art assistant
  • Tal Haber known as set dresser
  • Bashar Hasuneh known as property master
  • Samir Hawa known as carpenter
  • Jamil Hawary known as carpenter
  • Doron Kaner known as set dresser
  • Hany Kazmoz known as carpenter
  • Amiram Lichter known as carpenter
  • Muhammad Nafa known as carpenter
  • Amir Nweser known as carpenter
  • Jeries Nweser known as carpenter
  • Wassem Nweser known as carpenter
  • Hagit Ochayon known as carpenter
  • Bilal Ode known as carpenter
  • Khaled Ode known as carpenter
  • Rabia Salifiti known as set dresser
  • Wael Sayeq known as carpenter
  • Taqi Sbafeen known as graffiti master
  • Taqi Sbafeen known as props assistant
  • Ofir Kiko Sela known as set dresser
  • Shadi Shini known as carpenter
  • Nikolai Yosifov known as set dresser

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Company

Production Companies:

  • ZBROS

Other Companies:

  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording

Distributors:

  • Adopt Films (2013) (USA) (all media)
  • Adopt Films (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • AmaFilms (2014) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Pretty Pictures (2013) (France) (theatrical)
  • Wild Bunch Benelux (2013) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Madman Entertainment (2014) (Australia) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Jean-Michel Boublil known as titles
  • Jean-Michel Boublil known as visual effects artist
  • Jean-Michel Boublil known as visual effects supervisor
  • Eli Rezik known as additional visual effects

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. conannz from Auckland, NZ
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    In places like the West Bank truth is the first casualty. Thisfictional tale takes real life tensions and offers very believablecharacters to make that point.

    The 3 friends (Omar, Tarek & Amjad) plus the sister Nadia areconstantly kept off balance by the political tensions that come fromliving in Palestine.

    The director manages to add just enough warmth and naturalness to thevarious story loops to keep us on side with the lead characters.

    The Israeli lead protagonist (Rami) has clearly read Machievelli's thePrince. He uses half truth, insinuation and educated guesses to rattleOmar and his friends.

    Just when you think you know what is going to happen it all changes.This is a great movie. I saw it at a film festival but I hope it goeson to wider release.

  2. JvH48 from Amersfoort, The Netherlands
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    I saw this film at the Ghent (Belgium) film festival 2013. I usuallyavoid films involving the Israel versus Palestine controversy, but thisone looked different while reading the synopsis on the festivalwebsite. Central theme is the relationships between people on bothsides of the fence, be it family, lovers, friends or schoolmates. Theseparation fence (border wall) was announced to play a visible role inthe plot, a literally high obstacle to be crossed to maintain contact.Also, this film is completely produced at (and financed from) thePalestinian side of the border, something that does not happen veryoften, awaking interest in spite of the location.

    Some negative remarks first. I had problems identifying myself with themain characters and their customs, where flirting, courting, proposing,engaging, and finally getting married seems a convoluted process. Atleast that is what we think when seeing it through our Western Europeaneyes, where this works very differently. And such things are even morecomplicated in the middle of the conflict between Palestine and Israel.A very visible role in the plot has a huge wall that we see severaltimes being crossed illegally, as an obstacle to surmount when visitinga woman you love on the other side. After reading the synopsis on thefestival website, I deemed this wall a metaphorical role at first, butthe underlying political conflict creeps in more and more when gettingfurther in the story.

    But there are also many positive things to say about the movie. Thesefilm makers get across perfectly, maybe precisely that being their mostimportant achievement, how difficult it is to know for sure in such anenvironment who can be trusted. Who is on your side, and who is not?Everyone can be a traitor, either because of religious beliefs, badexperiences, blackmail, family secrets, physical pressure, or whilerelatives or loved ones are held hostage. Given these examples, one maystate that not even someone you know from childhood, can be consideredfull-proof trustworthy material. And what about someone who wasimprisoned for a while, but released seemingly before he did theallotted time behind bars? How can you prove you are not a mole, wheneveryone assumes otherwise??

    All in all, as a finished feature film coming from a country we don'trecognize as producing films that are worthy to be programmed in a filmfestival, this one certainly is notable and shows a promising futurefor these film makers. As of this writing, the film made a good headstart for the audience award (2nd place, average score 4.43 out of 5).I deduce that my feeling of remote involvement tells more about me thanabout the film itself. But anyway, see for yourself as it may providefor some more insight in the underlying political and religiousconflicts that seem unsolvable within the foreseeable future.

  3. mahmood-sharif from Haifa
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    To start with, I want to admit that I might be biased, as this movie isa local movie, with local actors, and local financing. Therefore, myreview could be affected by what is so called local patriotism.

    Nevertheless, I think that this movie is the best movie that I'vewatched in a long while. This movie tells the story of thePalestinian-Israeli conflict from the Palestinian point of view in away that no movie did before. Yet, this movie could apply to any weakside that is living under oppression, anywhere on earth, such thateveryone that has a heart can empathize with the oppressed, that issymbolized by the hero Omar. In addition, this movie contains numerouselements that one looks for in a movie: it has action scenes, dramaticevents of betrayal and honesty, a pure and naive love story,friendship, funny scenes, and above all, it makes the audience askquestions and think.

    To conclude, this movie is a must watch as it tells a story in a movingmanner (some people even cried at the end..). In addition, by watchingit you'll be supporting the uprising of the Palestinian movie scene,that has many great talents.

  4. HedgehoginPS from United States
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    If the saga of Omar were a wine, it would have to be described as"Shakespearian, with notes of Dante, Orwell, Golding, and Sartre." Omaris a basically decent, seemingly uncomplicated young bakery worker whois inexorably drawn into the violent political warfare of the West Bankthrough his love for a girl, his increasingly radicalized circle offriends from childhood, and Israeli injustice. Right up to itsunexpected, yet expectable, ending Omar is more victim thanprotagonist.

    Clearly anti-Israeli in tone, the film explores the many reasons whyPalestinians maintain an abiding antagonism toward Israel and Israelis.A driving metaphor in the film is the 25 foot high wall that Omarscales regularly to visit Nadia, his intended. Although The Wall wasostensibly designed to separate the Jewish West Bank settlements fromPalestinians, it even more effectively separates Palestinian towns,families, and friends from one another–and from their water suppliesin many places. To visit a neighboring town along is course has oftenbecome virtually impossible for having to detour long distances aroundthe wall's tortuous path and passing through multiple checkpoints.Similarly, the Israeli military and police strive to divide and isolateindividuals and groups psychologically just as the wall doesphysically. It's a classic use of divide-and-conquer strategy, which isone of the film's principal plot threads. Whatever your views of theIsrael-Palestine situation, this thoroughly absorbing film willchallenge them.

  5. maurice yacowar from Canada
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    Hany Abu-Assad's Omar is the Palestinian take on the Intelligence gamethat Bethlehem presented from the Israeli side. It's an extremelyeffective and well-made film, that further engages its audience with aRomeo and Juliet story of romance thwarted by politics. That's the boxoffice sugar that may have won the Foreign Film Oscar shortlist slot.

    The film centers on three young men itching to join the battle. Theleader is Tarek, the hero Omar and the comic butt is the leastattractive, Amjad. Omar and Tarek's sister Nadia are in love, as isevident from their glances when she early serves all three men tea. Ather insistence, Amjad does his Godfather impersonation for her, amusingat the time but in hindsight a sinister omen.

    For Amjad will prove the film's bad actor, or villain. Though he's thebest shot, he tries to avoid doing his part in the trio's plannedattack on an Israeli guard. He eventually does pull the fatal trigger,but the Israelis believe Tarek should be assumed guilty. When theyarrest only Omar, they torture him and force him to help them catchTarek.

    Amjad is doubly the villain when he claims he made Nadia pregnant. Inthe boys' scuffle the enraged Tarek is killed. The disillusioned Omarlets Nadia marry Amjad.

    Though Omar's early release from arrest feeds suspicion he is theIsraeli agent's collaborator, again the true villain has been Amjad.

    The film's political bias begins with the harsh wall Omar has to scaleto get to Nadia and back home. The physical separation of the lovershas no other function than to show the controversial wall and generatethe instant anger it arouses. The wall can be read as the obstacleIsrael has forced upon Palestinian normalcy, but that ignores thesecurity reasons which necessitated it (i.e., the terrorist/freedomfighters bombing Israel cafes and other civilian gatherings).

    The torture scenes are also inflammatory. Omar's torture to extractinformation is most disturbing, even given that he was involved in thefatal attack. But his more arbitrary stop earlier, after climbing thewall, is — though less violent — an equally troubling charge ofIsrael's bullying and incendiary abuse.

    Then there is the film's final twist. Spoiler alert. We're led tobelieve Omar wants to kill Amjad whose lies ruined Nadia's and Omar'sromance. He arranges to get a gun from his Israeli handler, who arriveswith armed bodyguards. As the handler shows Omar how to use the pistolOmar turns and kills him. Black screen.

    As Omar is doubtless shot on the spot, his act is equivalent to asuicide bombing. Our valorous hero is giving up his life to take oneIsraeli's, albeit the man who has manipulated and abused him. Moreover,he is forgoing avenging Amjad's betrayal to kill an Israeli instead.The implication is that whatever differences may separate Palestinians,they should be set aside to attack their common enemy. Although thefilm eschews extremist rhetoric like "Kill the Jews" its narrative setsup that uncompromising thrust. For my take on Bethlehem (inter alia)see http://www.yacowar.blogspot.com.

  6. Roger Mehus from United States
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    A John LeCarre' thriller with evolving and unexpected twists and turnsresulting in a Win-Win Ending! Initially it appears to be a take onShakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with intermittent nods to otherShakespeare plays. It expands to include two committed freedom fightersand one "Walter Mitty" who wants to impress "Juliet" who likes everyoneand wants to be involved in the freedom fight herself (implicationsrelated to the ending). The action and related suspense races offthrough narrow alleys when one plans an assassination, another steals acar forcing "Walter Mitty" to produce . . . to commit theassassination. From this point on, we only see what others see, limitedinformation that is subject to multiple interpretations resulting inunintended interactions with the master spy pulling one set of strings(who is pulling the others). Quite literally, the last "shot" leavesthe ending open to interpretation depending on your internalperspectives: Omar as the heroic Martyr . . . or . . . both know thefirst bullet is a blank and the second is real . . . only one knows thethird is blank. A fine example of Alan McGlashan's "Paradox" – Truth ateither end of the spectrum! "Nothing is good or bad but thinking makesit so!" Shakespeare

  7. John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been a tragedy, a clash betweenone very powerful, very convincing, very painful claim over this landand another no less powerful, no less convincing claim." Amos Oz

    It's not easy to fit the story of Romeo and Juliet into a thrillerabout the Arab-Israeli conflict, but filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad does itwith care and believability. So good is he in that balancing act thatthe notoriously endless national struggle is almost overshadowed by thechallenging love Omar (Adam Bakri) has for Nadja (Leem Lubany).

    Palestinian Omar, an impassioned freedom fighter in a street gang,becomes ensnared in a convoluted plot as an informant after beingtricked into admitting his guilt by association for an Israeli'smurder. The major theme is betrayal, found everywhere, informing everylife.

    Scaling the giant separation wall running through occupied Palestine tovisit Nadja, however, is less scary than the torture Israelis inflicton him and the betrayal they demand. How he will free himself when heis caught in a covert action is the thriller part of the story.

    Taking the pretzel plot one step further is the trickery of gettingOmar to be an informant and the torturous path he must take as thetries to play both sides. Indeed, moments occur when the audience maynot be sure which side Omar is on as he fights for his life and hislove. No matter, family and nationalism will be major players in hisfate.

    The film is a powerful screed against the tactics and dominance ofIsraelis and a simple Shakespearean-like tale of loyalty, love, andjealousy. With the exception of Waleed Zuaiter as Agent Rami, becausethe actors are new to acting, they bring naturalism to the all-too-realconflict.

    The narrow alleys through which Omar races aptly represent thedangerous nature of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Neither Nablus norNazareth is filmed in any glamorous way. With the impressiveclaustrophobic compositions and sets, outside and inside, the directorhas even more skillfully shown through his star-crossed lovers thatthis war in not over for soldiers or lovers anytime soon:

    "I believe that in the long run, separation between Israel and thePalestinians is the best solution for resolving the Israeli-Palestinianconflict." Yitzhak Rabin

  8. Gorianin from United States
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    I love these film, it's a thriller and love story, critical toPalestinian customs and Israeli occupation and politic.

    Waleed F. Zuaiter is superb, it's surprise that the cast is mostly ofactors making their debuts. Bakri with seriousness, Abu-Assad with hissense of humor and the way he tells the daily jokes. Lubany's play ofyoung girl in love and then undesired marriage and still in love, thewhole "Romeo and Juliet" romance is well played. I think Palestinianstarted to realize that the films are better weapons, and if they playit smartly from the position of victims, they have better chance to wintheir independence.

  9. Omar Manasra from Palestine
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    This movie is filled with drama and action , and tragic romantic story

    it also exposes the reality of situation in Palestine under IsraeliApartheid and Occupation it also shows the daily life pf Palestiniansunder occupation farther more , the director Hani Abu Assad ,who made"Paradise Now" movie , which nominated Academy Award in 2006 , butfailed to win due to Israeli pressure on Academy

    in "Omar" we can see love beyond the Apartheid WALL , we can seesacrifices for love , facing shooting by Israeli Snipers from thewatching towers , while Omar passing above the Wall, and then arrestingand abused by Israeli occupation forces to be a collaborator (traitorto Palestine ) , using his love as a pressure

  10. elad3531 from Israel
    24 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    It is Difficult to recommend over the film "Omar" . The PalestinianMovie, who took the Jury Prize " Certain Regard " at Cannes last yearand is among the five finalists for the Oscar for best foreign film ,is quite impressive thriller , but also one- sided in a manner thatcreating alienation from the characters leading it.

    "Omar" is the fifth full-length film of the Palestinian director HanyAbu – Assad and the first film entirely funded by Palestinian Authority.Abu – Assad won acclaim for his film " Paradise Now ," which wasnominated for an Oscar foreign film in 2005. As "Paradise Now ," whichuse generic conventions of suspense and crime to describe a plot abouttwo young Palestinians who plan to carry out a suicide bombing inIsrael, " Omar " uses the same conventions and creates an exciting andaccessible film, which holds a clear political message .

    The film tells the story of Omar (an impressive debut of Adam Bakri,the son of actor and director Mohammad Bakri), a young Palestinian, whowith his two friends , Amjad and Tariq , performs an assassination ofan Israeli soldier . Omar is arrested by the Shin Bet and asked tocooperate in order to incriminate his friends and thus save himselffrom prison and reunite with his beloved Nadia, sister of Tariq, whichmay be involved in a romantic triangle with his friend Amjad .

    If the plot sounds similar to the Israeli film " Bethlehem " , it isindeed because it's similar in many forms . As " Bethlehem ", This filmalso describes a relationship between a young Palestinian and GSS agentand the double life which forced over the Palestinian to conduct inorder to maneuver between loyalty to his friends and satisfy thedemands of his operator's agent . The problem in "Omar" is that unlike" Bethlehem " it presents an unilateral presentation of the conflict ,which makes the Israeli side look like a demonic monster that abusePalestinians for pleasure (two key scenes in the movie showing casualabuse of soldiers in Omar and atrocious abuse of the GSS agent at Omarduring interrogation) and the separation barrier as an obstacle placedrandomly for no reason in the middle of the village and designed solelyto disrupt the lives of the Palestinians.

    Although the film have some harsh internal criticism over the violenceand conservatism in Palestinian society , this party presented bothover his advantages and disadvantages ,unlike the one-sidedpresentation of the Israeli occupier which makes it somewhat of apropaganda film .

    To his credit, the film is expertly directed and despite a certaintendency to melodramatic moments and repetition of key scenes , it isinteresting viewing experience contains a small number of surprisingnarrative twists , suspenseful chase scenes and a high production level. The film's final scene where Omar performs the final election overhis loyalties , may divide the audience , but also leave him with arather bitter taste in the mouth.

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