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      Mars at Sunrise

      2013 1 hr. 15 min. Drama List
      40% 10 Reviews Tomatometer 88% 50+ Ratings Audience Score A Palestinian artist (Ali Suliman) tells a Jewish-American poet (Haale Gafori) how he was tortured by a failed Israeli artist (Guy Elhanan) who wanted to turn him into an informant. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member I saw this film at the 2013 Arab Film Festival in San Francisco and it was one of the best ones of the 40+ I saw. Creative, moving and unforgetable. Watch it! Thank you Jessica Habie for making it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Recommended. Surreal, human, intelligent, current, vast. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Exceptional movie giving an powerful artistic angle at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A film detailing the devastation of suppressed and oppressed creativity (and, therefore, life), Mars at Sunrise is a lyrical film that must be seen to appreciate just how daring it really is. Between painting, interpretive dance, and an evocative soundtrack, the film constructs a world of the subconscious between its two main characters. Part poem, part narrative, part documentary, Mars at Sunrise raises questions typically not considered in the Israel-Palestine conflict by focusing on two artists caught in the middle. Check it out! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully told story. Accomplished acting and imaginative narrative. Sound and editing move the story forward in a poetic yet dynamic way. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The fragmented narrative mirrors the way trauma impacts memory and interrupts linear thought. This is a beautiful and important film Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Drew Hunt Chicago Reader [Habie uses] a narrative framework similar to that of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But whereas that Michel Gondry comedy kept its central plot in focus as it became more visually elaborate, this just grows more alienating. Apr 24, 2014 Full Review Ronnie Scheib Variety Suliman ("Paradise Now," "The Attack") dominates the screen as Khaled, utterly compelling in and out of jail, his magnificent perf tying up cinematic loose ends. Feb 10, 2014 Full Review Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times Addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through stylized compositions, nontraditional narrative and a stripped-down aesthetic, Jessica Habie's "Mars at Sunrise" distills a war among many to a single, devastating duel. Feb 6, 2014 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com There are films that stay with you long after the closing credits have rolled on by. Mars at Sunrise is such a film. Rated: 3.5/4.0 Sep 16, 2020 Full Review Amy R. Handler Film Threat What I most appreciate about Habie's little cinematic gem is that it ends on an uncontrived, completely believable up beat. Rated: 4.5/5 Mar 25, 2014 Full Review Chris Klimek The Dissolve [Jessica] Habie's fractured narrative style-particularly her arbitrary shifts from Khaled's perspective to Eyal's to (apparently) third-person reality-stymies the accumulation of any dramatic momentum from scene to scene Rated: 2.5/5 Feb 13, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A Palestinian artist (Ali Suliman) tells a Jewish-American poet (Haale Gafori) how he was tortured by a failed Israeli artist (Guy Elhanan) who wanted to turn him into an informant.
      Director
      Jessica Habie
      Screenwriter
      Jessica Habie
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Arabic
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 25, 2016
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