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Holy Air

Hawa Moqaddas
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Holy Air

Hawa Moqaddas Screenings
  • Shady Srour
  • Israel
  • 2017
  • 81 minutes
  • In Arabic, Hebrew, English, French, and Italian with English subtitles

Writer-director-star Shady Srour’s alternately funny and compassionate satire tackles a subject you rarely see onscreen—the lives of modern Arab Christians scraping by in Israel—and it does so in a wholly winning way. Adam (Srour), a gloomy, unsuccessful, 40-ish Arab-Christian businessman living in Nazareth with his pregnant wife, …

Writer-director-star Shady Srour’s alternately funny and compassionate satire tackles a subject you rarely see onscreen—the lives of modern Arab Christians scraping by in Israel—and it does so in a wholly winning way. Adam (Srour), a gloomy, unsuccessful, 40-ish Arab-Christian businessman living in Nazareth with his pregnant wife, decides to bottle the ‘holy air’ from Mount Precipice and sell it to tourists. But there are a lot of people and circumstances—from gangsters demanding protection money to his dying father—standing in his way… Reminiscent of the work of Elia Suleiman and replete with inspired visual gags, Holy Air drolly captures the spirit of a very confusing place, where Muslim, Jew, and Christian are constantly either at odds with one another or competing for the tourist dollar…

‘A winningly satiric comedy that’s as tenderhearted as it is sly… Srour has a soulful sad-sack quality as his film’s central character, Adam, a Christian Arab Israeli who’s not quite ready for fatherhood or for the painful fading of his ailing father… The humour in Holy Air is inseparable from its poignancy, and every element of the film expresses that interconnection, from the performances to the spirited, melancholy-laced score by Habib Shehadeh Hanna.’—Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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Cast: Shady Srour, Laetitia Eido, Shmulik Calderon, Tarik Copti, Dalia Okal, Byan Anteer
 

Screenings

Holy Air

Cinecitta 1Friday 18 Oct19:00 - 20:21
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Holy Air

Cinecitta 4Sunday 20 Oct10:30 - 11:51
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Holy Air

Cinecitta 3Sunday 20 Oct16:15 - 17:36
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About

English title
Holy Air
Original title
Hawa Moqaddas
Country
Israel
Year
2017
Length
81 minutes
Director
Shady Srour
Producer
Ilan Moskovitch, Shady Srour
Screenwriter
Shady Srour
Cinematog.
Daniel Miller
Editor
Naaman Bishara
Composer
Habib Shehadeh Hanna
Prod. Designer
Miguel Merkin, Bashar Hassuneh
Prod. companies
Tree M Productions / Cinema Virgin
Sales agent
New Europe Film Sales
Format
DCP