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Mediterranean Fever Unclassified 18+

Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy , Crime , Drama

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Viewer Advice: Contains suicide themes and depictions of violence towards animals.


Un Certain Regard’s 2022 Best Screenplay winner is a disarming odd-couple story of middle age, male bonding and mental health in the Middle East.

Fortysomething family man and aspiring writer Waleed is making no headway with his novel. His chronic depression doesn’t help, but he refuses to take the medication prescribed by his psychiatrist. Things only get worse when a headstrong new neighbour, Jalal, moves into the building. Seemingly oblivious to the concepts of time or noise, the nonchalant Jalal initially irritates Waleed but soon becomes a source of inspiration, then friendship and ultimately – in Waleed’s eyes – a solution.

Palestinian director Maha Haj’s second feature is an acutely observed drama, spiced with comedy and creeping tension, that explores the dynamics of mid-life male friendship. Set and filmed in Haifa, with an exclusively Palestinian cast, Mediterranean Fever is carried by remarkable central performances from Amer Hlehel and Ashraf Farah, both bringing meticulous nuance to characters whose individual struggles seem a world apart but ultimately bring them closer together. And while the trauma of living under occupation is a backdrop that underscores the two men’s actions, it is never explicitly Haj’s focus; this is a much more personal tale.

“Keeping us guessing right up to the end, Haj's anecdotal comedy about depression is a refreshing look at the region's political turmoil with a lovely friendship at its heart.” – Cineuropa

Tickets

Fri 05 Aug 1:15 pm [11030]
Forum
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessSubtitles
Past event
Stream from
11-28th Aug
[40404]
MIFF Play
Subtitles
Sat 13 Aug 9:00 pm [24491]
Pentridge Coburg 12
Assisted ListeningWheelchair AccessSubtitles
Past event

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Key Cast
Amer Hlehel, Anat Hadid, Ashraf Farah, Cynthia Saleem, Samir Elias, Shaden Kanboura
Director
Maha Haj
Producers
Baher Agbariya, Janine Teerling, Juliette Lepoutre, Marios Piperides, Martin Hampel, Pierre Menahem, Thanassis Karathanos
Screenwriter
Maha Haj
Cinematographer
Antoine Heberlé
Composer
Munder Odeh
Editor
Véronique Lange
Costume Designer
Hamada Atallah
Production Designer
Andreas Antoniou
Premiere Status
Victorian Premiere
Company Credit
World Sales: Luxbox

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