United Kingdom | 2012 | 117 minutes | Eran Riklis

A captured Israeli fighter pilot pairs with a Palestinian boy to escape war-torn Beirut in 1982. Traveling with an olive tree sapling, they discover some humanity within the hostility.

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There's no place like home, and once left, the desire to return is one of the strongest human instincts. Set in Beirut in 1982, Zaytoun follows an Israeli fighter pilot, Yoni (Stephen Dorff), and a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, Fahed (Abdallah el Akal), who abruptly meet when the young boy shoots down Yoni's plane. Fahed lives in a refugee ghetto in Beirut and has seen those around him brutally murdered by Israeli forces. Yoni represents his oppressors, but he also offers Fahed an opportunity. If Fahed will help him escape and return home to his pregnant wife, Yoni will take him out of Lebanon and back to the Palestinian village where he once lived. Neither trusts the other, but forced to cooperate along their journey, they manage to discover some humanity within the hostility. Part unlikely buddy movie, part wartime thriller, this latest offering from director Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride) reaffirms his gift for finding common ground in the midst of conflict.

Director Biography
Eran Riklis, who also works in commercials and television, began his directorial career in 1984 with the film On A Clear Day You Can See Damascus. Since then, he has risen to prominence with such films as The Syrian Bride and Lemon Tree.

Sponsored in part by Consulate General of Israel

Director: Eran Riklis
Principal Cast: Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal, Alice Taglioni, Loai Noufi, Ali Suliman,
Country: United Kingdom, Israel, France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 117 minutes
Producer: Gareth Unwin, Fred Ritzenberg
Screenplay: Nader Rizq
Cinematographers: Dan Laustsen
Editors: Herve Schneid
Music: Cyril Morin
Awards: Toronto International Film Festival, 2012 (Special Presentation 3rd Place)
Filmography: Playoff (2011); The Human Resources Manage (2010); Lemon Tree (2008); The Syrian Bride (2004); Vulcan Junction (1999); Zohar (1993); One a Clear Day You Can See Damascus (1984)
Language: English, Arabic, Hebrew
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Strand Releasing
International Sales: Pathé International
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