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Plot, Details & Awards

Paradise Now

(2005)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language.

PG-13 In Theaters 10/28/2005 , 91min.
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Plot & Details

Said (Kais Nashef) is a young Palestinian living in Nablus, and working as a mechanic. He gets his friend Khaled (Ali Suliman) a job, but the hot-tempered and impulsive Khaled quickly loses it. Suha (Lubna Azabal), a pretty, well-traveled young woman and the daughter of a well-known "martyr," brings her car in to be fixed, and flirts with Said. He's clearly interested in her, so much so that he continues to think of her when he's approached later that day by Jamal (Amer Hlehel), who tells him that he's been selected for an important mission, a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, and that Khaled will be joining him, as they had requested. That night, Jamal stays with Said at his mother's (Hiam Abbass) house, while another man stays with Khaled. Said sneaks off during the night to bring Suha her car keys, and has a brief discussion with her about her father's death, and what options the Palestinians have in their dealings with Israel. Said doesn't tell her the real reason for his visit: he's saying goodbye. The next morning, as scheduled, Said and Khaled are given neat haircuts and suits. They each make a video explaining to their families why they've chosen this path. Explosives are strapped on, and they are warned that trying to remove the belts themselves will result in detonation. When they're brought to a hole in the fence surrounding Nablus, they are intercepted by Israeli troops. Khaled and Said flee, and get separated. Said is left on his own. Paradise Now was co-written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Rana's Wedding, Ford Transit). A hit on the festival circuit, it was selected for inclusion in the 2005 New York Film Festival by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Film Hany Abu-Assad Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Berlin International Film Festival In Competition Nominated
2005 Berlin International Film Festival Blue Angel Prize Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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