Belgium / Egypt / France / Lebanon / Qatar, 2012 (MIFF 2013, A League of Their Own: New Arabic Cinema)
Director: Ziad Doueiri
"Taut, engrossing ... it's hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved." – Hollywood Reporter
Ali Suliman (Paradise Now, MIFF 2005) stars as Amin, a highly successful Palestinian surgeon happily living in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, his existence a symbol of life beyond the gruelling struggle of the Israel-Palestine conflict. But when his beloved wife Shihem kills herself and 17 others in a suicide bombing, a shocked and grief-stricken Amin plunges into a reckless, dangerous journey to the heart of modern extremism.
Adapted from Yasmina Khadra's much-acclaimed book of the same name, The Attack is the heart-wrenching new feature from renowned Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri. Breathing new life into well-worn territory, Doueiri forgoes political grandstanding to make a film both compassionate and wise: a beautifully shot, understated take on faith, betrayal and the unknowable depths of those we love most.
"A gripping, suspenseful, fearless drama." – The Playlist
D Ziad Doueiri P Jean Bréhat S Ziad Doueiri, Joelle Touma Dist Transmission Films L Arabic, Hebrew w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012