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IFC cozying up to ‘Strangers’

One more case of a short film successfully serving as a template for a feature length project, IFC Films have taken the domestic rights to Strangers – an import that played well at Sundance and will get a second viewing at the Tribeca in a couple of days from now.

One more case of a short film successfully serving as a template for a feature length project, IFC Films have taken the domestic rights to Strangers – an import that played well at Sundance and will get a second viewing at the Tribeca in a couple of days from now.

Following in the footsteps of a slew of dramas that demonstrate how Israeli and Palestinians can co-exist but there are always tensions that prevent life from being simple, this uses the Romeo and Juliet type tale of a romance to describe the story of an Israeli man (Liron Levo) and Palestinian woman (Lubna Azabal from the head spinning road trip movie Exils and the critically acclaimed Paradise Now ) with on-the-nail observations of the tensions created by a common but conflictive Mideast background.

Co-directors Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv saw their short film (going by the same name as their feature-length film) win the Online Film Festival Viewers Award at Sundance in 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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