Israeli fund aids Palestinian director

Wael's 'Tanathor' receives $400,000

TEL AVIV — Israel’s Rabinovitch Fund has awarded $400,000 to Palestinian director Tawfik Abu Wael for his new film. “Tanathor,” the Arabic for “Tumbling,” tells the story of an old Palestinian politician’s road trip with his younger wife from the Palestinian city of Ramallah to the Israeli city of Jerusalem.

The project has already been awarded coin from the Locarno Film Festival’s “Open Doors” scheme.

The film will be produced by Israeli exec Amir Harel, known for his daring productions. Producer also worked on the Oscar-nominated Israeli-Palestinian co-production “Paradise Now” as well as Cannes Camera d’Or winner “Jellyfish.”

“Tawfik is one of the most promising and talented directors who work here,” says Harel. “The script is strong and emotional, and there is a lot of potential to make a great movie out of it”

As in “Atash”, Wael’s first film, which won the 2004 Fipresci Cannes film festival award, new pic’s cast is likely to be filled with non-professional actors. ”

“Tanathor” will start shooting at the beginning of 2008.

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