The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Muayad Alayan

Furtive fucking in the back of a van: this is what Sarah and Saleem’s relationship consists of. A few times a week, when Sarah has closed her café and Saleem is done with his delivery rounds. It might be better if they didn’t do it – they are both married, and so are risking their domestic happiness.

But what makes the affair even more daring is that she's Jewish and he's Palestinian. In divided Jerusalem, this goes way beyond the private. Then Sarah and Saleem are seen together in a club in Bethlehem, and it’s not long before Saleem has the security services from both sides breathing down his neck. A simple extramarital affair becomes a spy sensation, which is given an extra political dimension by the fact that Sarah’s husband is a high-ranking officer in the Israeli army.

This crippling supervision of the personal – in the form of state surveillance and social control – on both sides of the wall dividing Israel and Palestine was previously tackled by director Muayad Alayan in several short films, as well as in his feature Love, Theft and Other Entanglements (2015). His brother and regular filmmaking partner Rami wrote the screenplay for The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, their second feature, which leads us step by step into a world where it is all but impossible not to get caught up in politics.

Winner Hubert Bals Fund Audience Award, IFFR 2018. For the screenplay of this film Rami Alayan was awarded IFFR's Special Jury Award for exceptional artistic achievement.

Screenings

  • Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 5
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 7
    English subtitles
    Mon 29 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 2
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy
  • Schouwburg Grote Zaal
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    Tue 30 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 1
    English subtitles
    Fri 2 Feb Buy
  • Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
    English subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Muayad Alayan
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
127’
Language
Arabic, Hebrew, English
Producer
Muayad Alayan, Rami Alayan, Hans de Wolf, Hanneke Niens, Rebekka Garrido, Rodrigo Iturralde, Georgina Gonzalez, Alejandro Duran
Production Company
PalCine Productions, KeyFilm, Manderley Films, Monofilms
Sales
Heretic Outreach
Writer
Rami Alayan
Cinematography
Sebastian Bock
Editor
Sameer Qumsiyeh
Production Design
Bashar Hassuneh
Sound Design
Giannis Giannakopoulos, Costas Fylaktidis
Cast
Maisa Abd Elhadi, Adeeb Safadi, Sivane Kretchner, Ishai Golan