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Out in the Dark

Director Michael Mayer scheduled to attend | May 25 & May 26

Israel | 2012 | 96 minutes | Michael Mayer

When closeted gay Palestinian student Nimr falls in love with Roy, an out Israeli lawyer, their relationship is tested by the politically fraught turmoil of their respective homelands.

May 25, 2013
xHarvard Exit  
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May 26, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Sometimes the best way to explore a conflict is by looking at a few individuals affected by it. For Nimr and Roy, the divide between Israel and Palestine will try their love and test the failing systems of each of their countries. Nimr meets Roy in a tiny gay bar, after sneaking into Tel Aviv from Ramallah. The instant chemistry between them makes their love seem like a foregone conclusion, but the hatred between the Israeli and Palestinian governments and their own families thwart their simple desire to be together at every turn. Nimr has a student permit to cross into Tel Aviv, though like everything else in the region, the politics and governmental pressures don’t stop to care about little things like love, especially not love as taboo as that between two men. Director and co-writer Michael Mayer approaches his characters beautifully: the only time the film feels peaceful is when Roy and Nimr are together, hidden away from the people who are certain that those on the other side of the conflict have no redeeming qualities. Mayer and his co-writer Yael Shafrir have created characters in Roy and Nimr that are flawed and exist with the prejudices of their peoples, but their feelings for each other allows them to grow, and should give us all hope: perhaps this endless conflict can find an end through love.

Director Biography
Born in Haifa, Israel, Michael Mayer received his film degree from the University of Southern California. Out in the Dark is his first feature length film.

Sponsored in part by Consulate General of Israel

Director: Michael Mayer
Principal Cast: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni
Country: Israel, USA
Year: 2012
Running Time: 96 minutes
Producer: Lihu Roter, Michael Mayer
Screenplay: Yael Shafrir, Michael Mayer
Cinematographers: Ran Aviad
Editors: Maria Gonzales
Music: Mark Holden, Michael Lopez
Website: http://www.outinthedark.com
Awards: Haifa Film Festival 2012 (Best Picture)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Hebrew, Arabic
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Breaking Glass Pictures
International Sales: m-Appeal
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