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The Brave Films of Toronto International Film Festival


Five brave films have made TIFF stand out in a very particular way for me this year.  Usually I, among hordes of others, am busiest chasing down the next Academy Award contenders, the high priced U.S. acquisitions or the major sleeper of the festival.  Those films are repeatedly covered by the trades, and my Rights Roundup will keep a running talley on all announced pickups worldwide of all the films.  

These other brave films are the films which motivate our best filmmakers to create works of art in the first place of filmmaking on my charts...

Sydney Levine


Films Casting Untested Child Actors Seize Festival Spotlight from Hollywood

The Hollywood Reporter

Young newbies cast in lead toles are stealing the show at TIFF and winning critical attention for "Satellite Boy," "Inch'Allah" and "When I Saw You."




TIFF Capsule Review: 'When I Saw You'


Annemarie Jacir has done something remarkable in her sophomore feature film. She’s managed to couch the tricky subject of the 1967 Palestinian-Israeli war into the romanticised tale of a mother’s love for her son. Having been separated from their father (presumed dead) as Israel began forcibly removing Palestinians from their homes in 1967, 11-year-old Tarek (Mahmous Asfa) and his mother Ghaydaa (an excellent Ruba Blal) have been forced to move into a refugee camp in Jordan. Jacir cleverly uses the curiosity of the child to pose impossible-to-answer questions, mainly, "When can we return home?"

The mother in turn is desperate to protect her son from the horrors of war. When Tarek runs away to find his way back to Palestine, he becomes completely enthralled by a group of Arab fighters he comes across in a training camp. Jacir keeps the group nameless, even though the action takes place just three years after the formation of the P.L.O. The child is cleverly used to show the group of fighters as men and soldiers. Music is used particular effectively in scenes showing the men training in scenes reminiscent of Steven Soderbergh's "Che." The final image provides a defiant message about the refusal to give up hope of a return home.  And yet even without the powerful and astute political and psychological message it works as an effective and heart-rending family drama.  It’s one of the best works to come out of the current explosion in filmmaking in the Middle East. [Kaleem Aftab]

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When I Saw You Premiere in Jerusalem

Screening every day at 6pm from Sept. 22nd to Sept. 28th!

يتشرف مركز يبوس الثقافي مع شركة افلام فلسطين
بدعوتكم لحضور

الافتتاح والعرض الاول لفيلم
"لما شفتـك" 
للمخرجة آن ماري جاسر

Premiere of Annemarie Jacir's new film When I Saw You
starring Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal and Saleh Bakri

Screening in Jerusalem every day for one week straight***
Screenings daily at 6pm
From Sept. 22 to Sept 28

يوم السبت 22/9/2012 الساعة السادسة مساء في مركز يبوس الثقافي. 

يستمر عرض الفيلم يوميا لغاية 28/9/2012.
سعر التذكرة 15 شيكل 

Yabous Cultural Centre, Jerusalem

يشرفنا حضوركم