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  • Director

    Maha Haj

  • Starring

    Amer Hlehel, Ashraf Farah

  • Run Time

    108 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Palestine, Germany, France, Cyprus, Qatar

  • Language


  • Director of Photography: Antoine Heberlé

  • Editor: Véronique Lange

  • Music: Munder Odeh

  • Screenplay by: Maha Haj

  • Production Designer: Andreas Antoniou

Director Bio

Maha Haj

P&I - Director Bio

Maha Haj was born in Nazareth in 1970. She wrote and directed the short film Oranges (2009) and the documentary Behind These Walls (2010). In 2015, her first feature, Personal Affairs, was selected in 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection ‘Un Certain Regard’. The film won the Haifa Film Festival’s Best Feature and the Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier’s Critics’ Award.


Mediterranean Fever


Nazareth-born Palestinian filmmaker Maha Haj won the Un Certain Regard Best Screenplay Prize at Cannes for her second feature, which charts the unlikely bond between two very different Arab family men living in the Israeli port city of Haifa. Waleed suffers from severe depression and dreams of becoming an author. He seeks inspiration for his crime fiction in ebullient new neighbour Jalal, a small-time crook. Their friendship takes a dark turn in this wry examination of mental illness and masculinity. [18] Manish Agarwal

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