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Paradise Now

Paradise Now(2005)

Also Known As: Al-Jenna-An | Pillar of Light: The Work and the Glory | Two Days |

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Two young Palestinian men embark upon what may be the last 48 hours of their lives. On a typical day in the West Bank city of Nablus, where daily life grinds on amidst crushing poverty and the occasional rocket blast, we meet two childhood best friends, Saïd and Khaled, who pass time drinking tea, smoking a hookah, and working dead-end menial jobs as auto mechanics. Saïd''s day takes a turn for the better when a beautiful young woman named Suha brings her car in for repairs. From their spirited interaction, it is apparent that there is a budding romance growing between them. Saïd is approached by middle-aged Jamal, a point man for an unnamed Palestinian organization, who informs Saïd that he and Khaled have been chosen to carry out a strike in Tel Aviv. They have been chosen for this mission as a team, because each had expressed a wish that if either is to die a martyr, the other would want to die alongside his best friend. Saïd and Khaled have been preparing for this moment for most of their lives. They spend a last night at home-- although they must keep their impending mission secret even from their families. During the night Saïd sneaks off to see Suha one last time. Suha''s moderate views, having been educated in Europe, and Saïd''s burgeoning conflicted conscience cause him to stop short of explaining why he has come to say good-bye. The following day, Saïd and Khaled are lead to a hole in the fence that surrounds Nablus, where they are to meet a driver who will take them to Tel Aviv. But here the plan goes wrong, and Saïd and Khaled are separated.

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MPAA Ratings:  PG-13 Premiere Info: 
Release Date:  2005 Production Date: 
Color/B&W:  Distributions Co:  Warner Independent Pictures (WIP)
Sound:  Production Co:  Lumen Films .....Production Company, Arte France Cinma .....Production Company, Lama Productions .....Production Company, Augustus Film .....Production Company, Hazazah Films .....Production Company, Razor Film Produktion .....Production Company, Arte .....Production Company, Warner Independent Pictures .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor; Foreign Theatrical Distributor (United Kingdom), 1 More Film .....Theatrical Distributor, Arthaus (Norway) .....Theatrical Distributor, Lucky Red .....Theatrical Distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures International .....Theatrical Distributor, Constantin Film Development, Inc. .....Theatrical Distributor, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International .....Theatrical Distributor, Nonstop Entertainment (Nse) .....Theatrical Distributor, Golden Scene .....Theatrical Distributor, Alfa Films .....Theatrical Distributor, Cathay Film Organization .....Theatrical Distributor, Continental Film D.O.O. (Cf) .....Theatrical Distributor, Camera Film .....Theatrical Distributor, Hollywood Classic Entertainment .....Theatrical Distributor, CinTart .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Razor Film Produktion .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Warner Independent Pictures .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor, United King Films .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, A-Film Distribution .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Indie Circle .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Haut Et Court .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Golem Distribution .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Prooptiki Greece .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Celluloid Dreams .....Foreign Distribution Sales, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group .....Domestic Video Distributor, Eurimages .....Financier, World Cinema Fund (Wcf) .....Financier, Nedlerlands Fonds Voor De Film .....Financier, Film und Medienstiftung NRW .....Financier, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Gmbh .....Financier, Action Preparatoire I2i De La Commission Europeene .....Financier
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