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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 92 MIN | 2011

LOVE DURING WARTIME

Unable to live together in their countries of birth, Israeli-Jewish Jasmin and Palestinian-Muslim Osama look hopefully toward a future in Germany together. As the pettiness of bureaucracy begins to seep into their seemingly impermeable bond, both turn to their crafts as platforms for expression and catharsis. Their use of art—she's a dancer, he's a sculptor—to voice the mutual desire and determination to overcome persecution is nothing short of inspirational. Unlike their Shakespearean counterparts, Jasmin and Osama's strong will and faith help them sidestep tragedy time after time. Determined to transcend the boundaries of prejudice, they valiantly fight against everything and everyone (sometimes including each other) to find metaphorical and literal neutral ground.

Love During Wartime peers into the lives of a real-life Romeo and Juliet as they struggle to find a place where they can succeed as not only a couple, but as individuals. Gabriella Bier's expertly edited, verité-style visual commentary uncannily communicates the unspoken anxieties of relationships against the tumultuous backdrop of war, painting a lovers' tableau that simultaneously feels foreign and familiar to anyone who has been half of a pair.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 92 minutes
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English, German
Country: Sweden
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Jasmin Avissar, Osama Zatar, Nassar Abu Karsh, Menachem Avissar, Rana Hijaji, Miriam Avissar
Director: Gabriella Bier
Producer: Tobias Janson, Jenny Örnborn
Editor: Dominika Daubenbüchel, Thomas Lagerman
Director of Photography: Albin Biblom
Composer: El Perro Del Mar
Co-Producer: Louise Køster, Tanja Meding
Sound Design: Nicolai Linck
Press Contacts

Press Contact
Rachel Owen
7th Art Releasing
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Phone: 323-259-8259
rachel@7thart.com

Print Source
Sara Rüster
Swedish Film Institute
Stockholm, 10252
Phone: +46.8.6651141
sara.ruster@sfi.se

Press Contact
Rachel Owen
7th Art Releasing
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Phone: 323-259-8259
rachel@7thart.com

Print Source
Sara Rüster
Swedish Film Institute
Stockholm, 10252
Phone: +46.8.6651141
sara.ruster@sfi.se

Special Note


Co-hosted by

Consulate General of Sweden

About the Director(s)
GABRIELLA BIER graduated from the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm. Her works, which have been released theatrically and broadcast on TV, include The School Photo. She is currently directing a documentary in Israel/Palestine and developing a doc about Denmark. She also teaches documentary classes at the Dramatic Institute.

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