Winner, Best Feature Film, 2013 Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied…
Hany Abu-Assad directed the often-debated 2006 ﬁlm Paradise Now, which won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and was also nominated for the Academy Award in the same category (representing Palestine for the first time in history). The story of two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Tel Aviv, Paradise Now made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Blue Angel Award for Best European Film, the Berliner Morgenpost Readers‘ Prize and the Amnesty International Award for Best Film.
Abu-Assad previously had an international hit with 2002’s Rana’s Wedding, the story of a young Jerusalem woman trying to get married before four o’ clock. The ﬁlm was selected for the Cannes Critics Week and went on to win prizes at Montpellier, Marrakech, Bastia and Cologne.
Abu-Assad’s other credits include 2011’s English language The Courier, starring Jeﬀery Dean Morgan, Til Schweiger and Mickey Rourke, and the 2002 documentary, Ford Transit, the portrait of a Ford Transit taxi driver and the resilient inhabitants of Palestinian territories.
Abu-Assad was born in Nazareth, Palestine, in 1961. After having studied and worked as an airplane engineer in the Netherlands for several years, Abu-Assad entered the world of cinema as a producer. He produced the 1994 feature ﬁlm Curfew, directed by Rashid Masharawi. In 1998, Abu-Assad directed his ﬁrst feature, The 14Th Chick, from a script by writer Arnon Grunberg.
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