NATION ESTATE (9', Denmark / Palestine, 2012)

Screening: Th, 12 Dec., Studio Cinema, 6:00pm


Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Oberhausen, NATION ESTATE, a SF dystopia masquerading as utopia, offers a humorous and witty resolution of the Middle East conflict: the entire Palestinian population lives in a single, colossal skyscraper. To make its inhabitants feel like home, each city has its own floor: Jerusalem is on the third, Ramalah on the fourth etc., while the lobbies re-enact iconic landmarks, like the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity. Intercity trips previously marred by checkpoints are now just a brief elevator trip. With its glossy mixture of CGI, live actors and an arabesque electronica soundtrack, the film is a visual delight, which offers a surprising vision of a possible future for the Palestinian nation, forced to build upwards due to political and geographical constraints.

Director: LARISSA SANSOUR

With the support of:

 

Cast: Larissa Sansour, Leila Sansour, Maxim Sansour

Screenplay: Søren Lind

Cinematography: Jesper Toffner

Editing: William Dybeck Sorensen

Sound: Roar Skau Olsen

Producer: William Dybeck Sorensen

Production: Beofilm Productions ApS


Premiere: ROMANIAN PREMIERE


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LARISSA SANSOUR’s work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue and borrows heavily from the language of film and pop culture. By approximating the nature, reality and complexity of life in the Middle East to visual forms normally associated with entertainment and televised pastime, her grandiose and often humorous schemes clash with the gravity expected from works commenting on the region. References and details ranging from sci-fi and spaghetti westerns to horror films converge with Middle East politics and social issues to create intricate parallel universes in which a new value system can be decoded. SANSOUR's work features in galleries, museums, film festivals and art publications worldwide. Her short film A SPACE EXODUS was nominated in the Best Short category at the Dubai Film Festival.

 

WEBSITECONTACT

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2013

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2013

Best Short Film of the Critics Jury - International Festival of Arab Cinemas Marseille 2013

International Oriental Film Festival Geneva 2013

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT:

“In several projects over the past years, I have explored not only the sci-fi genre, but also the comic book superhero. Both forms have an inherent ability to make accessible the most fundamental ambitions of a people or a civilization, in a way that is naturally inspired by, but never hampered or restricted by a non-fictional reality – making them fantastic conceptual and philosophical playground. In the case of Palestine, there is an eternal sense of forecasting statehood, independence and the end of occupation. The ambitious ideas Palestinians hope to achieve have long since become so repetitive that the odd mix of nostalgia and accomplishment that the sci-fi genre often embodies lends it itself well to the topic.” (LARISSA SANSOUR)


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