Monday, December 12, 2011

When Pigs Have Wings (Le Cochon p Gaza)

A Studiocanal relieve a Marilyn Prods. presentation from the Marilyn Prods., Studiocanal, Craig Films, Saga Film, Rhamsa Prods. production, in colaboration with Canal Plus, Orange Cinema Series. (Worldwide sales: Studiocanal, Paris.) Produced by Franck Chorot. Directed, put together by Sylvain Estibal.With: Sasson Gabay, Baya Belal, Myriam Tekaya, Gassan Abbas, Khalifa Natour, Lofti Abdelli, Ulrich Tukur, Khaled Riani, Uri Gabai, Ido Shaked, Thierry Lopez. (Arabic, Hebrew, British, French dialogue)Neither kosher nor halal, the unusual catch from the Palestinian fisherman might be the availability of numerous chuckles inside the Euro-funded, Gaza-set "When Pigs Have Wings." French novelist-switched-director Sylvain Estibal's first feature lacks, somewhat ironically, a apparent dramatic structure, though a humanistic perf from thesp Sasson Gabay ("The Band's Visit") together with a combo of gentle situational comedy and light-weight sociopolitical critique partially atone for the story's inclination to ramble. Limited fall release did respectable amounts in Gaul, as well as the marketing-ready premise could generate niche biz elsewhere. Broke piscator Jafaar (Gabbay) finds a pig within the nets, and also the chronic poverty dictates he search for a buyer for your unclean animal, though that's simpler theoretically. Jafaar tries several options, including taking it for the U.N., selling its sperm and, somewhat bizarrely, undertaking an unforeseen stint just like a suicide bomber. Each is carried out for gentle laffs, though Jafaar's rapport along with his wife (Baya Belal) as well as the Israeli soldiers (Ido Shaked, Thierry Lopez) by themselves roof inject a welcome sobering note. Below-the-line credits, plus a simple but effective score, are saved to the money.Camera (color), Romain Winding editor, Damien Keyeux music, Aqualactica, Boogie Balaban production designer, Albrecht Konrad costume designer, Marie-Josephine Gracia. Examined at Brady Theater, Paris, November. 18, 2011. (In Tokyo, japan, japan Film Festival -- competing.) Running time: 98 MIN. Contact Boyd van Hoeij at

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