In Between

Bar Bahar

In Between

Maysaloun Hamoud

IL
2016
Feature Film
102’
Focus

Laila (Mouna Hawa), Salma (Sana Jammalieh) and Nour (Shaden Kanboura) live together in an apartment in trendy Tel Aviv. During the day, Laila works as a lawyer, at night she parties hard in the city’s hottest nightspots. Salma works nights as a barwoman and DJ, while the younger Muslim Nour has moved to the city from her rural home to study.
The three women share more than just an apartment. As Palestinians living in Israel, they are constantly torn between the traditional values they were brought up with and the freedom promised by the progressive urban lifestyle. They speak fluent Hebrew and Arabic and physically differ little from their Jewish contemporaries. But in their family lives and romantic relationships, they are forever caught between new and old values and traditional and (supposedly) liberal roles that frequently require them to perform a delicate balancing act.
The feature film debut by Arab-Israeli director Maysaloun Hamoud follows on from a genre established by such hit series as Sex and the City and Girls. In this case, however, the day-to-day reality of independent, sexually active women in a vibrant urban setting is connected with the specific situation of the Arab-Israeli protagonists and the Palestinian underground scene, a subject that has so far received little coverage in the media.

In cooperation with medica modiale


Awards for ›In Between‹
NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere – Toronto International Film Festival 2016 | Fedeora Award for Artistic Achievement in an Israeli Feature Film & Danny Lerner Award for a Debut Feature Film – Haifa International Film Festival 2016 | EROSKI Youth Award & TVE Another Look Award & CICAE Award & Sebastiane Award – San Sebastian Film Festival 2016

Director / Script

Maysaloun Hamoud

Cinematography

Maysaloun Hamoud

Editing

Lev Golster, Nili Feller

Music

MG Saad

Cast

Mouna Hawa, Shaden Kanboura,
Sana Jammalieh, Mahmood Shalabi, Henry Andrawes, Aima Sohel Daw, Riahd Sliman, Ahlam Canaan, Ferass Aser, Khawlah Dipsy, Suhail Hadad, Eyad Sheety

Production

Deux Beaux Garçons Films, Shlomi Elkabetz, En Compagnie des Lamas

Contact

Alma Cinéma

Maysaloun Hamoud

Born in Budapest, Maysaloun Hamoud grew up in Deir Hanna, Israel. She completed a BA degree in the history of the Middle East at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University and later studied Film at Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv. She directed the short films Shades of Light, Sense of Morning and Salma, her graduation film which was nominated for the Israeli Film Academy Awards (Ophir Award) in the short film category. In Between is her first feature-length film.


Filme von Maysaloun Hamoud
Salma 2012 | Sense of Morning 2010 | Shades of Light 2009