SYNOPSIS Abed enters Israel illegaly by passing under the Wall, through the sewers. He works in a restaurant in the West of Jerusalem. On his day off, Abed decides to go home with a mysterious white box. It is the beginning of a long journey.
ARCHIPEL (eng. title ARCHIPELAGO)
production: Le Fresnoy, Yellow Dawn Production
languages: arab, hebrew
subtitles: english, french, italian
available for screening: HDCAM and all video format
written and directed by GIACOMO ABBRUZZESE
with ABDEL RAZAQ ABU MEIZER RIYAD DEIS YANIV LACHMAN ADI GILAT MANAR HARB assistant director, screenplay collaborator NATACHA MATHY cinematographer BLAISE BASDEVANT sound engineer NICOLAS VERHAEGHE sound designer ALESSANDRO ALTAVILLA assistant camera WALEED HAMDAN gaffer DIAA JUBEH location manager YANIV LACHMAN script, props MALU ZAYON editor GIACOMO ABBRUZZESE sound editor, mixer SIMON APOSTOLOU colorist BAPTISTE EVRARD a production of LE FRESNOY director ALAIN FLEISCHER cinema coordinator FRÉDÉRIC PAPON with the coproduction of YELLOW DAWN coproducteur EHAB ASSAL with the support of FRENCH CONSULATE IN JERUSALEM DE.MO./MOVIN'UP DAR AL KALIMA COLLEGE AQTV
Born in 1983 in Taranto, Southern Italy. A graduate of Le Fresnoy, his shortfilms were screened at many international festivals including Oberhausen, Viennale, Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Indielisboa, Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, Leeds, Winterthur, Dubai. They were presented at the Cinémathèque française in Paris, in museums like the Macro in Rome or the Mucem in Marseille and broadcasted in several TV-channels (Canal Plus, France 3, Sky Art, SVT). He received many awards including Best Shortfilm at the Torino Film Festival and a mention for Best Shortfilm Director at Nastri d'Argento, the Italian critics' prize.
In 2008 and 2009 he was artistic director of the Palestinian public television and taught screenwriting in the film school of Bethlehem. In 2012 he was artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and invited for the Berlinale Talents. In 2013 he was selected by the Cannes Film Festival for the Cinefondation Residence to develop his first feature film.
Filmography: Stella Maris (27'/2014), This is the way (27'/2014), Fireworks (21'/2011), Archipel (23'/2010), Passing (17'/2007), Droga Party (19'/2006).