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The Attack


Lebanon | 2012 | 102 minutes | Ziad Doueiri

The life of a happily married Israeli-Arab physician is upended by a suicide bombing in this powerful psychological thriller based on Yasmina Khadra's internationally acclaimed novel.

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Based on Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra's critically acclaimed international bestseller, The Attack tells the story of Dr. Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman), a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a highly respected surgeon. When a suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv café kills 17 people, he is called in to treat the survivors at a nearby hospital. Anxious to share the disturbing news with his wife, he receives an even greater shock when the police inform him that his wife was, in fact, the bomber. Brought in for interrogation as a potential accomplice, Jaafari is quickly cleared. But this is the point at which the real investigation begins as he attempts to understand his wife's secret life as a terrorist. In The Attack, Ziad Doueiri (West Beirut) has crafted both a psychological thriller and a powerful exploration of one of the most complex political issues of our time.

Director Biography
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Ziad Doueiri grew up during the country’s Civil War. Leaving Lebanon at age 20 to study in the United States, Ziad worked as an assistant camera and a camera operator on numerous films, including Quentin Tarantino’s Reservior Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown.

Director: Ziad Doueiri
Principal Cast: Ali Suliman, Reymonde Amsellem, Evgenia Dodina, Karim Saleh
Country: Lebanon, France, Qatar, Egypt, Belgium
Year: 2012
Running Time: 102 minutes
Producer: Jean Bréhat, Rachid Bouchareb, Muriel Merlin
Screenplay: Joëlle Touma, Ziad Doueiri
Cinematographers: Tommaso Fiorilli
Editors: Dominique Marcombe, Ziad Doueiri
Music: Éric Neveux
Website: http://www.wildbunch.biz/films/the_attack
Awards: San Sebastián Film Festival 2012 (Special Mention of the Jury, TVE Otra Mirada Award); Marrakech International Film Festival 2012 (Golden Star Grand Prize)
Filmography: Lila Says (2004); West Beirut (1998)
Language: Hebrew, Arabic
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Format: DCP
US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
International Sales: Wild Bunch
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