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The Night


The Night (al-Leil)

In the destroyed city of Quneitra is the grave of a resistance fighter for Palestine. His son, the director, tries to restore the dead man’s history by mixing echoes of his mother’s memory and his desire to give his father a more honorable death. Through the daily lives, dreams, fears and hopes of its citizens, Malas chronicles his hometown Quneitra in the Golan Heights between 1936, the year of the first revolts against the British and Zionists in Palestine until the year of the city’s destruction. He seeks to exorcise a feeling of shame and humiliation that long accompanied the image of his father and also his town, occupied by Israelis in 1967.

fiction, Mohamad Malas, Syria 1992, color, wide screen, 116 min, Arabic with English or French subtitles
Director Mohamad Malas | Script Mohamad Malas & Ossama Mohamad | Director of Photography Yussef Ben Yussef | Editor Kais Al-Zubeidi | Musical arrangement Vahe Demergian | Sound Sophie Bastein | Mixing Thierry Sabatier | Cast Sabah Jazairy, Fares Helou, Rafik Sbei’I, Riad Charhrour, Omar Malas, Maher Sleibi, Hazar Awad, Raja Kotrach, Abdulilah Dawleh | Production National Film Organization, Damascus – Syria | Maram for Cinema & Television, Beirut – Lebanon | Co-Production La Sept Cinema, France, Channel 4, England

Carthage Film Festival (Tunis) - Tanit d'Or for the Best Film 1992
Film Festival Fribourg (Switzerland) - Best Film 1993
Film Festival Brugge (Belgium) - Grand Prize for the Best Film 1993
Film Festival Valencia (Spain) - Silver Award 1993
Biennal du Cinémas Arabes (France) - Audience Award 1994

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