A painter’s resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders.
Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict.
Mars at Sunrise stars Ali Suliman as Khaled (Paradise Now, Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Film); Guy El Hanan as Eyal (accomplished playwright and an Israeli radio personality); and Haale Gafori as Azzadeh (a singer based in Brooklyn and author of the film’s original poetry). The soundtrack features six languages (English, Hebrew, Russian, Yiddish, Farsi and Arabic) and was produced by Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box, with original music by Itamar Ziegler and Mohsen Subhi.
The film was directed by Jessica Habie, and it was her first feature; Jessica’s documentary works Mandatory ServiceBeyond Blue and Gray and Art and Apathy received awards at several film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, The Cannes Short Film Corner and Berlinale Talent Campus.
Mars at Sunrise was produced by Nirah Shirazipour and Baher Agbariya (Thirst AttashLast Days in JerusalemMan Without a Cell PhoneOmar) and edited by Luis Carballar (Amores PerrosManorcaSin NombreThe Devil’s DoubleImmigrant) and ErezOs. Sound Design was done by Martin Hernandez (Amores PerrosBabelInto the WildThe Loneliest PlanetOn the Road).