Eyes of a Thief

Thu 7 July / Town Hall Theatre / 16.002014 / Palestine, Algeria, Iceland, France / 98min
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“Political film making at its most tellingly personal and accessible.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Eyes of a Thief begins at the height of the second Palestinian uprising in 2002. Tareq, an enigmatic man bearing fresh wounds, is tended to by local nuns. He’s soon arrested by Israeli soldiers. 10 years later Tareq is released from prison and he returns to his town to find his daughter Nur. His search leads him to an angry girl on the verge of violence; a woman, Lila, who tries to ensure Tareq stays away from the girl she raised; and Adel, the town’s assumed leader who imposes his own dubious laws. As secrets are uncovered, Tareq’s relationship with Nur, Lila, Adel and the locale sheds light on the stifling nature of contemporary Palestinian society.

Winner: Silver Pyramid for Best Actor (Khaled Abol Naga), Cairo IFF
Winner: Best Film, Kolkata IFF
Winner: Best Director, Kolkata IFF

Director Najwa Najjar will attend.

Director Najwa Najjar
Cast Khaled Abol Naga, Souad Massi, Suhail Haddad, Malak Ermileh
Script Najwa Najjar
Producer Hani Kort