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Mars At Sunrise (2014)

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Mars At Sunrise is the story of a war waged on imagination. A painter's resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel's militarized borders. Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict. Mars at Sunrise stars Ali Suliman as Khaled, Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Film 2005, Paradise Now; Guy El Hanan as Eyal, an Israeli radio personality and an accomplished playwright; and Haale Gafori as Azzadeh, a singer based in Brooklyn and author of the film's original poetry. The soundtrack features six languages (English, Hebrew, Russian, Yiddish, Farsi and Arabic) and was produced by Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box, and featuring original music by Itamar Ziegler and Mohsen Subhi.(c) Eyes Infinite Films

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Cast

Haale Gafori
as Azzadeh
Rand Aboud
as Teacher Enas
Ammer Hleihl
as Mahmoud
Danya Elraz
as Doctor and Dancer
Netta Most
as Green Soldier Lady
Yousef 'Joe' Sweid
as Shakespeare Actor
Shreidi Jabareen
as Darwish Actor
Mmdooh Agbariya
as Palestinian Policeman
Mahmmud Abu Jazi
as Jibril Past Life
Hussein Yassin Mahajneh
as Jibirl Voice One
Nael Kanj
as Bakery Owner, Jibirl Voice Two
Marwan Okal
as Cement Worker
Rozeen Bisharat
as Woman with Explosive Belt
Meirav Kupperberg
as Violin Player
Oriel Levi
as Kissing Woman
Tami Barrak
as Kissing Woman
Rja Dbyeh
as Friend on Answering Machine
Gilad Leshem
as Yalla Picasso Soldier
Dan Vardi
as Yossi
Yaniv Biton
as Crying Soldier
Kobi Alzarki
as Soldier Who Gets Hit
Aedo Bhmoha
as Aggressive Soldier
Eran Garni
as Camoflauge Soldier
Yosi Malka
as Skull Soldier
Nir Hassan
as Soldier Who Fights Eyal
Yosef Saleem
as Young Boy with Gun
Mamoon Munther
as Young Boy in Classroom
Mariam Kanj
as Angel Baby in Hallway
Mhmoud Adeeb
as Male Nurse
Tityanna
as Woman Pushing Body
Jamal Khalaileh
as Bloody Man
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Critic Reviews for Mars At Sunrise

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

[Habie uses] a narrative framework similar to that of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But whereas that Michel Gondry comedy kept its central plot in focus as it became more visually elaborate, this just grows more alienating.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Suliman ("Paradise Now," "The Attack") dominates the screen as Khaled, utterly compelling in and out of jail, his magnificent perf tying up cinematic loose ends.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Variety
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Addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through stylized compositions, nontraditional narrative and a stripped-down aesthetic, Jessica Habie's "Mars at Sunrise" distills a war among many to a single, devastating duel.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
New York Times
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Using its narrative as a launching pad for abstract visuals, the picture reminds viewers that even the most striking images demand context to create anything like drama.

Full Review… | February 4, 2014
Village Voice
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What I most appreciate about Habie's little cinematic gem is that it ends on an uncontrived, completely believable up beat.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Film Threat

[Jessica] Habie's fractured narrative style-particularly her arbitrary shifts from Khaled's perspective to Eyal's to (apparently) third-person reality-stymies the accumulation of any dramatic momentum from scene to scene

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
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