Paradise Now


1h 30m 2005

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Al-Jenna-An, Pillar of Light: The Work and the Glory, Two Days
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Crime
Drama
Foreign
Thriller
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Action Preparatoire I2i De La Commission Europeene; Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Augustus Film; Celluloid Dreams; Eurimages; Film und Medienstiftung NRW; Hazazah Films; Lama Productions; Lumen Films; Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Gmbh; Nedlerlands Fonds Voor De Film; Razor Film Produktion; World Cinema Fund (Wcf)
Distribution Company
Warner Independent Pictures (WIP); 1 More Film; A-Film Distribution; Alfa Films; Arthaus (Norway); Camera Film; Cathay Film Organization; CinTart; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Continental Film D.O.O. (Cf); Golden Scene; Golem Distribution; Haut Et Court; Hollywood Classic Entertainment; Indie Circle; Lucky Red; Nonstop Entertainment (Nse); Prooptiki Greece; Razor Film Produktion; United King Films; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures International; Warner Independent Pictures; Warner Independent Pictures
Location
Gaza, Gaza Strip; Israel; Palestine

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Al-Jenna-An, Pillar of Light: The Work and the Glory, Two Days
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Crime
Drama
Foreign
Thriller
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Action Preparatoire I2i De La Commission Europeene; Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Augustus Film; Celluloid Dreams; Eurimages; Film und Medienstiftung NRW; Hazazah Films; Lama Productions; Lumen Films; Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Gmbh; Nedlerlands Fonds Voor De Film; Razor Film Produktion; World Cinema Fund (Wcf)
Distribution Company
Warner Independent Pictures (WIP); 1 More Film; A-Film Distribution; Alfa Films; Arthaus (Norway); Camera Film; Cathay Film Organization; CinTart; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Continental Film D.O.O. (Cf); Golden Scene; Golem Distribution; Haut Et Court; Hollywood Classic Entertainment; Indie Circle; Lucky Red; Nonstop Entertainment (Nse); Prooptiki Greece; Razor Film Produktion; United King Films; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures International; Warner Independent Pictures; Warner Independent Pictures
Location
Gaza, Gaza Strip; Israel; Palestine

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Award Nominations

Best Foreign Language Film

2005

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Foreign Language Film by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the Berliner Morgenpost Reader's Prize and the Amnesty International prize at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall October 28, 2005

Released in United States on Video March 21, 2006

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States February 2005

Released in United States September 2005

Shown at New York Film Festival September 22-October 9, 2005

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 10-20, 2005.

Released in United States Fall October 28, 2005

Released in United States on Video March 21, 2006

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 22-October 9, 2005)

Released in United States February 2005 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 10-20, 2005.)

Released in United States September 2005 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 2-5, 2005.)

Palestine