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WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

LOVE DURING WARTIME

Directed by Gabriella Bier
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 92 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE LOVE DURING WARTIME

Unable to live together in their countries of birth, Israeli-Jewish Jasmin and Palestinian-Muslim Osama look hopefully toward a future in Germany together. As the pettiness of bureaucracy begins to seep into their seemingly impermeable bond, both turn to their crafts as platforms for expression and catharsis. Their use of art—she's a dancer, he's a sculptor—to voice the mutual desire and determination to overcome persecution is nothing short of inspirational. Unlike their Shakespearean counterparts, Jasmin and Osama's strong will and faith help them sidestep tragedy time after time. Determined to transcend the boundaries of prejudice, they valiantly fight against everything and everyone (sometimes including each other) to find metaphorical and literal neutral ground.

Love During Wartime peers into the lives of a real-life Romeo and Juliet as they struggle to find a place where they can succeed as not only a couple, but as individuals. Gabriella Bier's expertly edited, verité-style visual commentary uncannily communicates the unspoken anxieties of relationships against the tumultuous backdrop of war, painting a lovers' tableau that simultaneously feels foreign and familiar to anyone who has been half of a pair.

Female Director(s), Documentary
About the Director(s)
GABRIELLA BIER graduated from the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm. Her works, which have been released theatrically and broadcast on TV, include The School Photo. She is currently directing a documentary in Israel/Palestine and developing a doc about Denmark. She also teaches documentary classes at the Dramatic Institute.
Special Note


Co-hosted by

Consulate General of Sweden


Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    92 minutes
  • Language:
    Hebrew, Arabic, English, German
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Jasmin Avissar, Osama Zatar, Nassar Abu Karsh, Menachem Avissar, Rana Hijaji, Miriam Avissar
  • Director:
    Gabriella Bier
  • Producer:
    Tobias Janson, Jenny Örnborn
  • Editor:
    Dominika Daubenbüchel, Thomas Lagerman
  • Director of Photography:
    Albin Biblom
  • Composer:
    El Perro Del Mar
  • Co-Producer:
    Louise Køster, Tanja Meding
  • Sound Design:
    Nicolai Linck

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Tobias Janson
    Story
    Stockholm, 12030
    Phone: +46.8.15.6280
    tobias@story.se
  • Press Contact
    Rachel Owen
    7th Art Releasing
    Los Angeles, CA 90042
    Phone: 323-259-8259
    rachel@7thart.com
  • Submitter
    Sara Yamashita Ruster
    Swedish Film Institute
    Stockholm, SE-102 52
    Phone: (+46) 8-665-11-00
    sara.ruster@sfi.se
  • Print Source
    Sara Rüster
    Swedish Film Institute
    Stockholm, 10252
    Phone: +46.8.6651141
    sara.ruster@sfi.se
  • Director
    Gabriella Bier
    Story
    Stockholm, 12030
    Phone: +46.8.15.6280
    gabriella@story.se
  • Press Contact
    Tobias Janson
    Story
    Stockholm, 12030
    Phone: +46.8.15.6280
    tobias@story.se
  • Press Contact
    Rachel Owen
    7th Art Releasing
    Los Angeles, CA 90042
    Phone: 323-259-8259
    rachel@7thart.com
  • Submitter
    Sara Yamashita Ruster
    Swedish Film Institute
    Stockholm, SE-102 52
    Phone: (+46) 8-665-11-00
    sara.ruster@sfi.se
  • Print Source
    Sara Rüster
    Swedish Film Institute
    Stockholm, 10252
    Phone: +46.8.6651141
    sara.ruster@sfi.se
  • Director
    Gabriella Bier
    Story
    Stockholm, 12030
    Phone: +46.8.15.6280
    gabriella@story.se

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