Leytonstone Film Club Presents:
Paradise Now (15)
Dir: Hany Abu-Assad. Palestine|France|Germany|Netherlands|Israel, 2005; 90 min.
“This taut, ingeniously calculated thriller fixates on the flashpoint where psychology and politics ignite in self-destructive martyrdom.” [New York Times]
“Paradise Now should certainly be seen: it is an important film on an important topic.” [Guardian ***]
…Two youths from the Gaza strip are just 48 hours away from becoming the latest suicide bombers. Two young Palestinian men, Khaled and Said, are both recruited to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The two men are allowed to spend what is presumably their last night alive with their families. However, since absolute secrecy must be maintained and they can tell nobody of their mission, theirs can be no proper farewell. The next morning, the men are brought to the border. The bombs have been attached to their bodies in such a way as to make them completely hidden from view. However, the operation does not go according to plan and the two friends lose sight of each other. Separated from each other and left to their own devices, it’s up to them to face their destiny and stand up for their convictions.
Reviews – http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/paradise_now/?critic=creamcrop
Wednesday 1st September 2010, 19:45 – 22:00.
Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, E11
Tickets £5 (£3 concessions). * Includes free glass of wine at Star of India after the screening.