Strand Picks Up U.S. Rights to Israeli Drama ‘A Borrowed Identity’

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Eran Riklis’ coming-of-age drama “A Borrowed Identity,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, based on the Sayed Kashua novel “Dancing Arabs,” is set in the early ’90s and chronicles the life of a young Palestinian-Israeli accepted into a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem and finds himself navigating language, culture and identity while a war rages on.

“A Borrowed Identity” had its world premiere last year at the Locarno Film Festival and subsequently had its U.S. premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Strand, which plans a summer release, distributed Riklis’ previous film “Zaytoun.”

“A Borrowed Life” stars Tawfeek Barhom as Eyad and Yael Abecassis, Michael Moshonov and Ali Suliman. The Match Factory has sold the film to Canada (Mongrel Media), Australia/New Zealand (Palace Entertainment), France (Pyramide), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Spain (Karma), Benelux (September Film), Greece (Seven), Brazil (Imovison), Latin American PayTV, Germany (NFP) and Israel (United King).

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