LONDON PREMIERE | Palestine, 2018 (127 mins)
Winner of the Audience Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2018, Muayan Alayanís second feature has been praised for its audacity. When Sarah and Saleem – a Jewish Israeli woman and a Palestinian man – are seen together in public, their lustful, illicit affair begins to quickly escalate into a story of political espionage, threatening to tear apart their respective families – not least because Sarah is the wife of a high-ranking Israeli military official. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit, which not even the truth looks able to stop. Winner of the Special Jury Award at the IFFR and Best Picture in Durban.