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Hany Abu-Assad is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer born on 11 october 1961 at Nazareth (Israel)

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Birth 11 october 1961 (58 years) at Nazareth (Israel)

Hany Abu-Assad (Arabic: هاني أبو أسعد‎, born 11 October 1961) is a Dutch-Palestinian film director. His film Paradise Now, about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006.

Biography

Hany Abu-Assad est né à Nazareth en 1961 et a émigré aux Pays-Bas en 1980.
Après des études de génie technique à Haarlem, il a travaillé pendant plusieurs années comme technicien aéronautique aux Pays-Bas. Il aurait été engagé sur la base de son passeport israélien, et renvoyé lorsqu'on se serait aperçu qu'il était Arabe et non Juif Israélien.

À la suite de son renvoi, il entre dans le monde de l'audiovisuel en tant que producteur et fonde les productions Ayloul Films en 1990.

Il dirige son premier film en 1998, Het 14de kippetje (Le Quatorzième Poussin), à partir d'un script de l'écrivain Arnon Grünberg. Il réalise ensuite les courts-métrages Nazareth 2000 (2000) et Le mariage de Rana, un jour ordinaire à Jérusalem (2002).

Son film documentaire Ford Transit (2002) dont le sujet se situe en Israël/Palestine) a été diffusé sur la chaîne néerlandaise VRPO (Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep), avant d'être stoppé lorsqu'on s'est aperçu qu'il ne s'agissait pas d'un documentaire, mais d'une docu-fiction: en effet, un soldat israélien brutal que le documentaire présente est en réalité joué par un acteur palestinien. Ce film a provoqué de nombreux débats aux Pays-Bas pour déterminer à quel point un documentaire devait être factuel.

Best films

Paradise Now (2005)
(Director)
Omar (2013)
(Director)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Hany Abu-Assad (10 films)

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Director

The Mountain Between Us, 1h43
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Romance
Themes Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney, Beau Bridges, Vincent Gale, Ron Bottitta
Rating64% 3.201053.201053.201053.201053.20105
Après l'annulation de leur vol en raison de problèmes météorologiques, un docteur, Ben Bass, et une reporter-photographe, Alex Martin, prennent ensemble un vol charter. Malheureusement, leur avion s'écrase dans les montagnes et ils se retrouvent tous les deux perdus dans une nature hostile. Ils vont devoir s'allier pour tenter de survivre et d'être secourus.
The Idol
The Idol (2015)
, 1h40
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, Sameh Zoabi
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Documentary
Actors Ashraf Barhom, Nadine Labaki
Rating67% 3.354613.354613.354613.354613.35461
The Idol, tells the true story of Mohammed Assaf, wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza who went to win 2013's Arab Idol singing competition.
Omar
Omar (2013)
, 1h36
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Waleed Zuaiter, Doraid Liddawi, Yousef (Joe) Sweid
Rating74% 3.7480753.7480753.7480753.7480753.748075
Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who frequently climbs the West Bank barrier to visit his lover Nadia (Leem Lubany), a high-school girl whom he intends to marry. After being beaten and humiliated by a group of Israeli soliders, Omar and his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat) stage an attack on an Israeli checkpoint. During the attack, Amjad fires the shot that kills an Israeli soldier. Later, Omar and his friends are subsequently pursued by the Israeli authorities. During the pursuit, Omar is captured and imprisoned by the Israeli authorities. Facing a lengthy prison term, Omar is forcibly coerced by an Israeli agent named Rami (Waleed Zuaiter) into working as a double agent for the Israeli authorities. Agent Rami secures Omar's release in exchange for the latter bringing Tarek to the authorities.
The Courier, 1h30
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mickey Rourke, Josie Ho, Til Schweiger, Lili Taylor, Miguel Ferrer
Rating45% 2.256292.256292.256292.256292.25629
"The Courier" lives in a derelict flat where he has adopted a mouse as his pet. When he visits his old friend Stitch at his boxing gym, he is contacted by a stranger who tasks him with delivering a suitcase to a man known as "Evil Sivle". The stranger does not know where Sivle is and explains that the finding of this person is the actual task. It is made unequivocally clear that the courier is at no liberty to refuse this mission and shall expect his own death should he fail. After the client threatens their loved ones, Stitch sends his family into hiding. The courier starts by hacking into the FBI database. When he needs a pilot, Stitch assigns him his adopted daughter, Anna. Although skeptical of her skill, the courier comes to respect her.
Paradise Now, 1h30
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about terrorism, Political films
Actors Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass, Ashraf Barhom
Rating73% 3.698233.698233.698233.698233.69823
Paradise Now follows Palestinian childhood friends Said and Khaled who live in Nablus and have been recruited for suicide attacks in Tel Aviv. It focuses on what would be their last days together.
Rana's Wedding, 1h26
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Clara Khoury
Rating63% 3.1977953.1977953.1977953.1977953.197795
The Film depicts a 17-year-old girl called Rana that is subjected to a crucial life-changing decision at a very young age. Because her father decides to leave Palestine and relocate to Egypt, due to the chaotic working and living conditions, to try and maintain a decent living to support his family. She wakes up one day and finds a letter from her father informing her about his difficult decision adding to it, he also involves her in his plans and provides her with two choices, either to travel with him to Egypt and carry on with her education there under his watchful eye, or stay in Palestine and get married to make sure that someone is guarding her in his absence. Although the options seem fairly reasonable, there is a twist, her father will only allow her to marry one of the men that he has mentioned on a list with the letter, because they are the most reputable and trustworthy men in Jerusalem, as well as, she has to take that critical decision just 10 hours before her father departs from Palestine.
Het 14e kippetje, 1h28
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Actors Antonie Kamerling, Thekla Reuten, Victor Löw

The movie is about a young couple who are going to marry. Daniel Ackerman (Antonie Kamerling) and Francesca Moorman (Thekla Reuten) are already late for the party at the start of the movie so they have to call a taxi. They do not know where the agreed restaurant is so they go find someone who knows it.

Scriptwriter

The Idol
The Idol (2015)
, 1h40
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, Sameh Zoabi
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Documentary
Actors Ashraf Barhom, Nadine Labaki
Rating67% 3.354613.354613.354613.354613.35461
The Idol, tells the true story of Mohammed Assaf, wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza who went to win 2013's Arab Idol singing competition.
Omar
Omar (2013)
, 1h36
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Waleed Zuaiter, Doraid Liddawi, Yousef (Joe) Sweid
Roles Writer
Rating74% 3.7480753.7480753.7480753.7480753.748075
Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who frequently climbs the West Bank barrier to visit his lover Nadia (Leem Lubany), a high-school girl whom he intends to marry. After being beaten and humiliated by a group of Israeli soliders, Omar and his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat) stage an attack on an Israeli checkpoint. During the attack, Amjad fires the shot that kills an Israeli soldier. Later, Omar and his friends are subsequently pursued by the Israeli authorities. During the pursuit, Omar is captured and imprisoned by the Israeli authorities. Facing a lengthy prison term, Omar is forcibly coerced by an Israeli agent named Rami (Waleed Zuaiter) into working as a double agent for the Israeli authorities. Agent Rami secures Omar's release in exchange for the latter bringing Tarek to the authorities.
Paradise Now, 1h30
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about terrorism, Political films
Actors Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass, Ashraf Barhom
Roles Author
Rating73% 3.698233.698233.698233.698233.69823
Paradise Now follows Palestinian childhood friends Said and Khaled who live in Nablus and have been recruited for suicide attacks in Tel Aviv. It focuses on what would be their last days together.
Het 14e kippetje, 1h28
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Actors Antonie Kamerling, Thekla Reuten, Victor Löw

The movie is about a young couple who are going to marry. Daniel Ackerman (Antonie Kamerling) and Francesca Moorman (Thekla Reuten) are already late for the party at the start of the movie so they have to call a taxi. They do not know where the agreed restaurant is so they go find someone who knows it.

Producer

Josh: Independence Through Unity
Origin Pakistan
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Feminist films, Political films
Actors Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza, Naveen Waqar
Roles Executive Producer
Rating70% 3.5455953.5455953.5455953.5455953.545595
Josh is about Fatima (Aamina Sheikh), a dedicated school teacher, who is living a high cosmopolitan life in Karachi until one day her life shatters when her nanny Nusrat-bhi inexplicably disappears. Fatima then takes on the challenge to seek the dangerous truth in Nusrat’s feudal village. The themes being tackled are class separation, feudalism, poverty, individual empowerment, and women’s rights.
Omar
Omar (2013)
, 1h36
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Waleed Zuaiter, Doraid Liddawi, Yousef (Joe) Sweid
Roles Producer
Rating74% 3.7480753.7480753.7480753.7480753.748075
Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who frequently climbs the West Bank barrier to visit his lover Nadia (Leem Lubany), a high-school girl whom he intends to marry. After being beaten and humiliated by a group of Israeli soliders, Omar and his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat) stage an attack on an Israeli checkpoint. During the attack, Amjad fires the shot that kills an Israeli soldier. Later, Omar and his friends are subsequently pursued by the Israeli authorities. During the pursuit, Omar is captured and imprisoned by the Israeli authorities. Facing a lengthy prison term, Omar is forcibly coerced by an Israeli agent named Rami (Waleed Zuaiter) into working as a double agent for the Israeli authorities. Agent Rami secures Omar's release in exchange for the latter bringing Tarek to the authorities.