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Eran Preis is a Scriptwriter American born on 24 march 1947

Eran Preis

Eran Preis
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Birth name Eran Preis
Nationality USA
Birth 24 march 1947 (74 years)

Eran Preis is an Israeli-American director, screenwriter, playwright, and producer. Beyond the Walls, a film he co-wrote in 1984, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has taught screenwriting and International Cinema for decades.


Born in Afula, Israel, Eran Preis, is a naturalized American citizen. Currently he is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program at Temple University, Dept. of Film and Media Arts. Since 1979 his plays were on the major theaters in the country. In 1983 he wrote the screenplay, Behind Bars (בעברית: מאחורי הסורגים) and a year later the film was nominated for the Oscar Award.
He lives and works in Philadelphia. Married to Andrea, they have three sons.

Best films

Beyond the Walls (1984)

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Filmography of Eran Preis (2 films)

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The Dreamers, 1h49
Directed by Uri Barbash
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Kelly McGillis, John Shea, Christine Boisson, Robert Pollock, Amos Lavi
Rating60% 3.0127553.0127553.0127553.0127553.012755
In 1919, a group of idealistic Jewish pioneers from Europe, including Austrian doctor Anda (Kelly McGillis) and her Russian violinist lover Marcus (John Shea) who was a former yeshiva student and became a fervent Labor Zionist after the murder of his family in a pogrom, arrive in Palestine and attempt to establish a kibbutz in the Galilee. Their dream ends up shattered as they attempt to cope with the hardships of the land, sexual and ideological tensions within the group, and hostile confrontations with their Arab neighbours. Finally, the film dramatizes their disappointment as they must come to terms with the gaps between their utopian vision and reality.
Beyond the Walls, 1h43
Directed by Uri Barbash
Origin Israel
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Mohammad Bakri, Assi Dayan (אסי דיין)
Roles Writer
Rating67% 3.3856453.3856453.3856453.3856453.385645
The story takes place in the high-security block of the central Israel Prison Service jail. Uri and Issam are the leaders of the Israeli and Palestinian prisoner groups, respectively. After a musical performance in the prison, a row breaks out between Hoffman, a Jewish inmate, and a Palestinian. When Hoffman is killed, the security officer initiates a fight between the sides, pinning the blame for the murder on Issam's cell. Doron, the only Jewish prisoner in the Arab cell, is asked to sign a document implicating Issam in the crime, but refuses and commits suicide. He leaves a note saying that his cell was not responsible for the crime. As a result, Uri and Issam begin a general hunger strike, and make personal sacrifices in order not to break it.