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Let It Be Morning (2023)

Opens on February 17

Director: Eran Kolirin Run Time: 101 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Alex Bakri, Ehab Salami, Juna Suleiman, Khalifa Natour, Salim Dau

Country: Israel, France
Language: Arabic, Hebrew

About the film:

Official Selection, 2021 Cannes Film Festival
Israel’s submission for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards

Sami, a Palestinian-born Israeli citizen living in Jerusalem, receives an invitation to his brother’s wedding forcing him to return to the Arab village where he grew up. After the wedding finishes, with no explanation, Sami’s hometown is put under a military blockade lockdown by the Israeli government.

When chaos erupts overnight amongst the villagers stuck behind the wall due to the blockade, Sami is cut off from the outside world and trapped in an unexpected situation. As he deals with questions about his own identity and hidden secrets are revealed, Sami watches everything he holds dear begin to fall apart.

Written and directed by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin, and adapted from the international best-selling novel by Palestinian author Sayed Kashua, Let It Be Morning (2023) is a film about a state of siege, both internal and external – centered around a man who has built a wall around his heart, and how that inner wall starts coming apart when an actual, real wall goes up around his hometown.

About the filmmaker:

Eran Kolirin is an Israeli screenwriter and film director. In 2004, he directed the feature-length television drama, The Long Journey. His cinema directorial debut, The Band’s Visit, was a critical success, winning over 50 awards around the globe, among them eight Ophir Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, the Un Certain Regard Jury Coup de Cœur Award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and the European Film Discovery Award. His second film, The Exchange, was selected to compete at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, and his third film, Beyond the Mountains and Hills, screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Let It Be Morning (2023) is his fourth feature film and Israeli’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.

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