Director: Maha Haj
Feature film | Germany, France, Cyprus, Palestinian Territory | 2022
109 min | Dolby 5.1
56th Hof International Film Festival
Waleed, 40, lives comfortably in his ocean-view house in Haifa with his career-driven wife and two children. He is a former hi-tech engineer and aspiring writer who appreciates life as a stay-at-home dad, but unfortunately can’t figure out what it takes to be happy. And so he painfully moves through the daily grind of melancholy life. To find a solution to his chronic depression, he confides in his therapist, but ignores the professional advice and looks for quicker solutions.
One day, while standing at his window facing the Mediterranean Sea, Waleed meets his new neighbor who is soon to become the most critical person in his life. 40-year-old Jalal, a likeable little crook and househusband with a big heart, quickly develops a close and ironic relationship with Waleed. Despite their very opposite views and lifestyles, a true male friendship quickly develops between them. But Waleed has his own plan: he harbors his desperate desire for Jalal to kill him so that it looks like an accidental death. Jalal becomes enraged at his new friend’s insane request and subsequently ends all contact with him. On the other hand, Jalal keeps receiving threats from “unpleasant” people to whom he owes money and is somehow tempted to get the “job” done. When Waleed offers him a large sum of money that would help him pay off all his debts, Jalal agrees. They set a date and a plan for the evening that will end Waleed’s life and start Jalal’s new life. Together they make a pact to help them both.
With AMER HLEHEL, ANAT HADID, ASHRAF FARAH, CYNTHIA SALEEM, SAMIR ELIAS, SHADEN KANBOURA
Screenplay MAHA HAJ, Cinematography ANTOINE HÉBERLÉ, Editing VÉRONIQUE LANGE, Production design ANDREAS ANTONIOU, Sound Design FLORIAN MARQUARDT, Make-up MERVAT HAKROOSH, Production THANASSIS KARATHANOS, MARTIN HAMPEL, BAHER AGBARIYA, JULIETTE LEPOUTRE, MARIOS PIPERIDES, JANINE TEERLING, PIERRE MENAHEM