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Short Fiction Film: Ave Maria

France/Germany/Palestinian Territories, 2015
14 Min., digital, color, Arabic, English and Hebrew with Engl. subtitles


Team:
Director: Basil Khalil (Palestine)
Script: Basil Khalil, Daniel Yáñez
Producers: Eric Dupont, Eric Fantone (France), Helge Albers (Germany)

Title: Ave Maria
Genre: Comedy and Drama
Length: 14 min

Short Synopsis
The silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns in the middle of the West Bank wilderness is disrupted when a family of Israeli settlers come knocking at their door for help after crashing into the convent’s wall. The Israelis can’t operate a phone to call for assistance due to the Sabbath laws, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence. Together they have to come up with an unorthodox plan to help them get home.

Awards
After the world premiere in the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015, the film received several awards, amongst the Muhr Award at the 12th Dubai International Film Festival. AVE MARIA was nominated for the 2016 Oscar® in the category "Best Live Action Short Film".

Further Information

Link to website

Film Stills

Director Basil Khalil