A Bottle In the Gaza Sea @ SF Jewish Film Festival
Modern-day Romeo-and-Juliet tale set in Israel and Gaza @ the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Saturday, July 28, 2012 4:35 pm - 6:35 pm
Roda Theatre at Berkeley Rep • 2025 Addison St, Berkeley
Inspired by the acclaimed young-adult novel by French writer Valérie Zenatti (who co-wrote the screenplay), this modern-day Romeo-and-Juliet tale is set in Israel and Gaza during the conflicts of 2007 and 2008. After witnessing a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, Tal, a 17-year-old French-Israeli girl, writes a letter to Gaza seeking understanding. She has her older brother throw the message in a bottle into the Gaza Sea (he’s performing his military service nearby.) The bottle washes ashore at the feet of 20-year-old Gaza resident Naïm, who overcomes his initial repugnance and emails back as “Gazaman.” The two begin an exchange. Though they live less than 100 kilometers apart, they never see each other, communicating only through emails, texts and clandestine letters. While they often disagree, their relationship only deepens as the political situation around them worsens. The filmmakers also decline to take sides. As tensions mount, the film deftly cuts back and forth ever more rapidly between the two. Though Levine lives in relative comfort and Naïm in comparable poverty, the movie shows how they are both, in their own ways, trapped by circumstances. The growing sense of confinement only makes it that much more satisfying when they each find paths to freedom in this gripping drama. A Bottle In The Gaza Sea—California Premiere, Hebrew, Arabic, French, with English subtitles Director: Thierry Binisti