45 Minutes to Ramallah

Regie: Ali Samadi Ahadi – Comedy, 87 min, Color, Germany, 2013

Palestinian Rafik (Karim Saleh) would rather wash dishes in Germany than be bullied by his father back home. He reluctantly attends his brother Jamal’s (Navid Akhavan) wedding in East Jerusalem, where his father has a heart attack during a quarrel and kicks the bucket. His last wish: a grave in Ramallah, on the other side of the border. Gritting their teeth, the quarrelling brothers pack the body into the trunk – and soon have Israeli border guards, Palestinian terrorists and the blonde Russian Olga (Julie Engelbrecht) on their tail…

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»Karim Saleh as the cocky womanizer and Navid Akhavan as his simple minded brother embody two endearing characters that one gladly accompanies in this road movie, scripted by Israeli-born Gabriel Bornstein. Cartoon inserts and slapstick-style humor spread a grim form of amusement, especially when a suicide bomber forgets to adjust the timer for daylight saving time. Throughout all these explosive antics, it becomes apparent that Rafik and Jamal live in a world that will not be pacified anytime soon.«

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About the film

“An odyssey with humor: The new film by Ali Samadi Ahadi is refreshingly irreverent.”
Badische Zeitung

„The fast-paced comedy combines elements of the classic ‘buddy-movie’ with a hefty dose of black humor. If politics can’t find a solution, at least humor can provide an answer.“
Blockbusterandmore

„In ’45 Minutes to Ramallah,’ all parties in the Middle East conflict get their fair share of criticism, and laughter brings people together!“
BZ

„A pitch-black balancing act between real and fictional madness!”
Cine City

“A wedding and a death bring its protagonists into the craziest and most adventurous situations during times of siege, yet still make the personal dimension of politics tangible.”
Deutschlandfunk

“An exuberantly turbulent multicultural comedy that exposes terrorists, racists, and fanatics of all kinds with cartoonishly exaggerated characters, culminating in a commendable but somewhat self-evident message of peace.”
Filmdienst

CAST

CHARACTER

SPEAKER

Jamal

Navíd Akhavan

Olga

Julie Engelbrecht

Rafik

Karim Saleh

Munir

Badasar Calbiyik

CREW

Director

Ali Samadi Ahadi

Screenplay

Gabriel Bornstein & Karl-Dietmar Möller-Naß

Producers

Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger & Armin Hofmann

Production Managemer

Resa Asarschahab

Production Assistants

Hayat El-Samadi, Mohammad Kloub & Qais Masadeh

Line Producer

Donall McCusker

Casting

Intissar Issa & Pujeh Taghdisi

Cinematography

Wedigo von Schultzendorff & Rodja Kükenthal

Chief Lighting Technician

Yazan Abu Nijem

Sound

Jörg Krieger

Art Director

Rime Al-Jabr

Costume Design

Phaedra Dadaleh

Makeup

Farah Jada’ane

Editing

Silke Olthoff & Frank Geiger

Visual Effects & Animation

Ali Soozandeh

Music

Ali N. Askin

Sound Design

Konken Studios

Release Date

05.12.2013

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