The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Dir: Muayad Alayan (2018)

WINNER: GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST FEATURE FILM, SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018

WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, TITANIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018

WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD, ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018


Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is a Palestinian deliveryman from East Jerusalem. Despite both being married and coming from opposing sides of a deeply divided region, they are locked in a passionate and dangerous affair.

When a risky late-night trip to the West Bank goes awry and threatens to expose them, they quickly become the subject of a minor international crisis, caught up in the machinations of two warring states.

Desperate to keep their secret and protect their families, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit, espionage and collusion that not even the truth looks able to stop.

This gripping, accomplished thriller set across the Israeli-Palestinian border refuses to take sides, instead illustrating how in Jerusalem, even sex can be made political.

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Director: Muayad Alayan

Year: 2018

Country: Palestine

Language: Arabic / Hebrew / English

Run Time: 127 min

Rating: MA15+ (Strong sex scenes)

"Engrossing. Deftly conveys the tensions between East and West Jerusalem"

- Variety

"A compelling drama in which the personal crosses paths with the political."

- The Hollywood Reporter

"A taut marital drama. Bears hints of Iranian master Asghar Farhadi. Expertly unravels the sexual relationship between adulterers into a thriller with political and societal ramifications"

- CineEuropa

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