Waleed (40) lives in Haifa with his wife and children and dreams of a writing career while suffering from chronic depression. He develops a close relationship with his neighbour (a small-time crook) with an ulterior plot in mind. While the scheme turns into an unexpected friendship between the two men, it leads them into a journey of dark encounters.

Festival History

Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Hong Kong International film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival
Un certain Regard, Winner of the Best Screenplay Prize - Cannes Film Festival 2022, Firebird Award Winner - Sarajevo International Film Festival 2022

Cast And Credits

Director : Maha Haj
Producer : Baher Agbariya, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Juliette Lepoutre, Pierre Menahem, Marios Piperides, Janine Teerling
Screenplay : Maha Haj
DOP : Antoine Héberlé
Editor : Véronique Lange
Cast : Amer Hlehel, Ashraf Farah, Anat Hadid, Samir Elias, Cynthia Saleem, Shaden Kanboura


Maha Haj

Maha Haj was born in 1970 in Nazareth, Israel. She is a director and writer, known for ‘Personal
Affairs’ (2016), ‘Mediterranean Fever’ (2022) and ‘Burtuqal’ (2009).