A family lives in the middle of Nowhere, not far from the village. Father and son sell the charcoal the family produces to the village, mother and daughters never leave the place. Their secret welds the family together and destroys it at the same time. The spectator becomes part of the complex relation of the family, mixing love and hatred, loneliness and confederacy of the group.
While Abu Shukri is building a water pipe and spends his time to protect it from a mysterious danger, his family is generating thirst for water, for food, for freedom, for sex, for eroticism, for love, for desire… Thirst for life.
feature fiction, Tawfik Abu Wael, Palestine 2004, Cinescope, 113 min, Color
Gamila Roba Blal | Abu Shukri Hussein Yassin Mahajne | Um Shukri Amal Bweerat | Halima Jamila Abu Hussein | Shukri Ahmad Abed el Gani | written and directed by Tawfik Abu Wael | camera Assaf Sudri | editing Galit Shaked-Shaul | music Wissam M. Jibran | production Avi Kleinberger, Tawfik Abu Wael | line production Baher Agbariya
From the press
Winner of the International Critics' Prize at the Cannes Film Festival
Atash is undoubtedly a beautiful film. Abu Wael is arguably the most exciting Arab film-maker to have emerged in more than a decade. (Sight and Sound)
impressive... a bold, brave film (Time Out)