Film Movement Acquires ‘A Bottle in the Gaza Sea’

Film Movement Acquires 'A Bottle in the Gaza Sea'

Film Movement has acquired North American rights to the French/Israeli drama “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea,” directed by Thierry Binisti. The film is an adaptation of Valerie Zennati’s award-winning novel of the same name. Film Movement will release it theatrically later this year.

Here’s the synopsis per Film Movement:

Tal is a 17-year-old Frenchwoman who has settled in Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Naïm. And thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. This engrossing and hopeful drama starring Hiam Abbas is based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti.

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FILM MOVEMENT ACQUIRES FRENCH/ISRAELI DRAMA “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA”

The film adaptation of Zennati’s award-winning novel to be

Distributed in all of North America

May 14th, 2012 (New York, NY)– Film Movement (www.filmmovement.com), the North American film distribution company that brings first-run, award-winning independent and foreign films to fans all across the country, announced today their acquisition of A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA (Une bouteille à la Mer)Directed by Thierry Binisti, the feature film is an adaption of French-Israeli author Valérie Zennati’s award-winning novel of the same name.A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA is in Hebrew, French and Arabic and touches on universal themes of love and growing up, with a powerful message of hope in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film stars Mahmud Shalaby, a young Arab Israeli actor best known for his performance in other Film Movement titles (Jaffa, Free Men) and Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas (The Visitor, The Lemon Tree, Munich). The film will enjoy a theatrical opening in Q4 of 2012, with a limited national roll-out to follow, as well as a day-and-date Cable Video on Demand premiere.

Synopsis of A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA:

Tal is a 17-year-old Frenchwoman who has settled in Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Naïm. And thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. This engrossing and hopeful drama starring Hiam Abbas is based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti.

Acclaim for A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA:

Official Selection – Busan International Film Festival

Official Selection – New York Jewish Film Festival

Official Selection – Toronto Jewish Film Festival

The acquisition of A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA was negotiated by Film Movement’s VP of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget, and Cécile Fouché from Europacorp.

“This wonderful film stresses the positive power of individual personal relationships over collective beliefs and generalizations, with reason and hope triumphing at the end. We cannot think of a better message to want to share with our audience” says Film Movement’s VP of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget.

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