Project covers nine shorts by Jewish, Palestinian helmers

Edgard Tenembaum, Paris-based producer of Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries,” has boarded “Water — Between Imagination and Reality,” an omnibus feature of nine shorts made by Israel-based Palestinian and Jewish filmmakers plus Palestinian helmers from the West Bank’s Ramallah and Bethlehem.

Now in post, pic mixes fiction and documentary shorts. “Water” is an initiative of the Film and TV Dept. of Tel Aviv U, headed by Reuven Hecker. Project initiator and artistic director is Yael Perlov, a Tel Aviv U lecturer. Many “Water” directors are current or former TAU students.

“Water” is the second in a projected trilogy of pics from young Palestinian-Israeli filmmakers and theps. Tenembaum is producing “Water,” now in post, via his Paris shingle Tu Vas Voir. He has also taken worldwide rights to both “Water” and “Coffee,” the trilogy’s first movie. Maya de Vries and Kobi Mizrahi also produce “Water.”

A French theatrical distribution deal for the trilogy is now under negotiation, Tenembaum said at Cannes.

Pic’s backers include the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Office in Tel Aviv, Israel’s French Institute and the Rabinovich Institution.

“In ‘Water,’ the Palestinian filmmakers make documentaries, the Israelis fiction. But they all deal with the same problem: How to live together,” Tenembaum said.

The motif linking pics in the third portmanteau feature is currently being chosen by the young filmmakers, the university and Tu Vas Voir, he added.

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