Winter 2014 Features series
Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:00pm
Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:00pm
Directed by Ziad Doueiri
Screenplay by Ziad Doueiri
Based on the book by Yasmina Khadra
Starring Reymond Amsalem , Uri Gavriel, and Ali Suliman
Rated NR ·
Belgium / Qatar / France / Lebanon
Hebrew and Arabic
Lebanese-born director Ziad Doueiri tells the story of Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman, Lemon Tree), a Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career and many Jewish friends. His picture perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves seventeen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem (Reymonde Amsellem), who also died in the explosion, was responsible.
Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. Once there, he finds himself in ever more dangerous places and situations. Determined, he presses on seeking answers to questions he never thought he would be asking.
The Attack was adapted from Yasmina Khadra’s international bestseller of the same name.
“The Attack plunges head first into one of the thorniest, most intractable political arenas imaginable: Arab/Israeli relations. It’s an audacious undertaking, to set a narrative, almost genre, feature film in a situation whose complexities and sensitivities might make the most engaged of us a bit gunshy, but Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri almost wholly pulls it off, delivering a film that engrosses and impresses like a thriller, even as it strays deep, deep into the belly of the beast.” (Jessica Kiang, The Playlist)
“Although the subject matter is inherently disturbing, it’s hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved by this mournful tale.” (Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter)
“The best kind of anti-war propaganda film, calm in feeling and mood, yet truly terrifying in showing the scourge of our age: terrorism, which can strike anybody, anywhere, at any time. It’s also a love story, and a film about having it all. And then in an instant, losing everything.” (Marsha McCreadie, RogerEbert.com)