Paradise Now (2005)

 ●  Arabic ● 1 hr 30 mins

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In Nablas on the West Bank, Said and Khaled, who have volunteered to be suicide bombers, receive word it will be tomorrow - the cell's first operation in two years. They're shaven and shorn, in black suits to pose as settlers in Tel Aviv for a wedding. Something goes wrong at the crossing, they're separated, and the action is postponed, long enough for renewed questioning of what they're about to do. Suha, the well-educated and well-traveled daughter of a martyr, challenges the action. She likes Said and has her own ideas. "Under the occupation, we're already dead," is Khaled's analysis. Fate and God's will seem to drive Said. We must be moral, argues Suha. Can minds change?
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Cast: Hamza Abu Aiaash, Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal

Crew: Hany Abu Assad (Director), Antoine Heberle (Director of Photography), Jina Sumedi (Music Director)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War

Release Dates: 07 Sep 2005 (India)

Tagline: From the most unexpected place, comes a bold new call for peace.

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Did you know? The first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Arabic
Spoken Languages:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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No
Taglines:
From the most unexpected place, comes a bold new call for peace.
In the next 36 hours, two childhood friends may do the unthinkable.
Goofs:
Crew/Equipment Visible
When Khalid speeds away in the green car the camera man is reflected in the car's windows.

Continuity
When Khaled and and Said are sitting on the rocks waiting to cross the fence, Khaled puts his right hand on Said's shoulder and holds it there. When the shot changes to a different angle, Khaled's right hand is by his side.

Continuity
When Khaled makes his speech for the second time, two of the people watching him are eating pitta. The man with the purple T-shirt is holding the pitta with his right hand in one shot, with his left in the next.
Trivia:
Jina Sumedi wrote an original score for the film that ultimately was not used.

When the film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, much controversy surrounded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' decision to designate it as a submission from the Palestinian Authority, rather than Palestine. Due to much protestation from writer-director Hany Abu-Assad, the film was eventually announced by Will Smith as being a submission from the Palestinian territories.

The first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Academy Award.