Filmed in one sequence-shot of 85 minutes, Ana Arabia is a moment in the life of a small community of outcasts, Jews and Arabs, who live together in a forgotten enclave at the "border" between Jaffa and Bat Yam, in Israel. One day, Yael, a young journalist, visits them. In these dilapidated shacks, in the orchard filled with lemon trees and surrounded by mass public houses, she discovers a range of characters far removed from the usual clichés offered by the region. Yael has the feeling of having discovered a human goldmine. She no longer thinks of her job. Faces and words of Youssef and Miriam, Sarah and Walid, of their neighbors, their friends tell her about life, its dreams and its hopes, its love affairs, desires and disillusions. Their relation to time is different than that of the city around them. In this tinkered and fragile place, there is a possibility of coexistence. A universal metaphor.
Green Drop Award, SIGNIS Award - Honorable Mention | Venice IFF, Italy, 2013
CAST & CREW
Michaël Tapuach, Amos Gitai, Laurent Truchot
Amos Gitai, Marie-José Sanselme
Director of Photography
Yuval Scharf, Yussuf Abu Warda, Sarah Adler, Assi Levy, Uri Gavriel
Hamon Hafakot Agav Hafakot Agav Films
Born 1950, Haifa, Israel) Amos Gitai was studying architecture, following in his father's footsteps, when the Yom Kippur War interrupted his studies and it was the use of his Super-8 camera, whilst flying helicopter missions that led to his career as a filmmaker. Based in Israel, the United States and France, Gitai has produced an extraordinary, wide-ranging, and deeply personal body of work. In around 40 films - documentary and fiction, Gitai has explored the layers of history in the Middle East and beyond, including his own personal history, through such themes as homeland and exile, religion, social control and utopia. His trademark style includes long takes with scarce but significant camera movements and a devilishly clever sense of humour. In the late 70s and early 80s, Gitai directed numerous documentaries, including House and Field Diary. During the same era, Gitai received his PhD in architecture from the University of California - Berkeley. Following the controversial reception to Field Diary, Gitai moved to Paris in 1983, where he was based for the next ten years and during this period continued to travel widely directing such documentaries as Pineapple. During this period he began directing fiction and historical films about the experience of exile. In the mid-90s Gitai moved to Haifa and օver 10 years, made some 15 films, both documentary and fiction. The first film in Gitai's trilogy of Israeli cities, Devarim (1995) was followed by Yom Yom and Kadosh. This return to his country is also a travel back in his own history: Gitai directs Kippur (2000), a feature film based on his war memories that wins François Chalais Award at the Cannes IFF. Eden (2001) and Kedma (2002) follow, and both take us back to the creation of the Israeli State, to display its origins, its historical and ideological grounds. Promised Land (2004, CinemAvvenire' Award at Venice IFF) and Free Zone (2005) depict the current state of the country and the whole area. Together, they form the two first parts of a trilogy on frontiers, in a region where their settlement is a dramatic stake. In 2013 he won SIGNIS Award - Honorable Mention and Green Drop Award at Venice IFF for his film Ana Arabia (2013). Gitai's work has been the subject of major retrospectives, notably at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), NFT and ICA (London), Lincoln Center (New York), Berlin's Kunstwerk, and cinematheques in Madrid, Jerusalem, Paris, São Paulo, Tokyo, Toronto...
Souvenirs d'un (1972, short), Fire Eats Paper, Paper Eats Fire (1973, short), Talking About Ecology (1973, short), Shosh (1973, short), Arlington U.S.A. (1974, short), Images of war 1, 2, 3 (1974, short), Images After War / Après (1974, short), Water (1974, short), Memphis U.S.A. (Faces) (1974, short), Memphis U.S.A. (Suite) (1974, short), Pictures in the Exhibition (1974, short), International Orthodontist Congress (1974, short), Blowing Glass (1974, short), Lucie (1974, short), My Mother at the Sea Shore (1975, short), Charisma (1976, short), Dimitri (1977, short), Border (1977, short), Political Myths (1977, short), Public House (1977, short), Singing in Afula (1977, short), Under the Water (1977, short), Wadi Rushmia (1978, short), Architectura (1978, short), Wadi Salib Riots (1979, doc.), Cultural Celebrities (1979, short), Carter's Visit to Israel (1979, short), In Search of Identity (1980, doc.), House (1980, doc.), Wadi (1981, doc.), American Mythologies (1981, doc.), Field Diary (1982, doc.), Pineapple (1983, doc.), Reagan: Image for Sale (1984, doc.), Bangkok-Bahrain/Labour for Sale (1984, doc.), Esther (1985), Brand New Day (1987, doc.), Berlin-Jerusalem (1989), Birth of a Golem (1990), Golem, the Spirit of Exile (1991), Wadi, Ten Years After (1991, doc.), Metamorphosis of a Melody (1992, short), Petrified Garden (1993), War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness (1993, short), Queen Mary '87 (1993, doc.), In the Valley of the Wupper (1993, doc.), Give Peace a Chance (1994, doc.), In the Name of the Duce (1994, doc.), Devarim (1995), Munio Weinraub Gitai Architect (1909-1970) (1996, doc.), Milim (1996, doc.), Arena of Murder (1996, doc.), Kippur, War Memories (1997, doc.), War and Peace in Vesoul (1997, doc.), Yom Yom (1998), Zion, Auto-Emancipation (1998, doc.), A House in Jerusalem (1998, doc.), Orange (1998, doc.), Kadosh (1999), September 11-11'09''01 (2002), Eden (2001), Kippur (2000), Wadi Grand Canyon (2001, doc.), Surgeon General's Warning (2001, short), Kedma (2002), Alila (2003), Promised Land (2004), Free Zone (2005), News from Home/News from House (2005, doc.), Disengagement (2007), One Day You'll Understand (2008), War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness (2009), Carmel (2009), Roses à crédit (2010), Lullaby to My Father (2011), Ana Arabia (2013), Architecture en Israël: conversations avec Amos Gitai (2013, doc.).