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Tel Aviv on Fire

Tel Aviv on Fire

Sameh Zoabi

Luxembourg, France, Israel, Belgium | 2018 | Genre: Comedy | second feature film | running time: 97’

"Inventive, simple and irresistibly sympathetic."
Fabien Lemercier - Cineuropa

TFL Awards

TFL Audience Design Fund 2018 (€ 40.000)
consultancy with TFL experts Benjamin Cölle and Kirsten Loose - Berlin, February 2019

The TFL Funds are supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

festivals & awards

Orizzonti, Venice Film Festival 2018 / Best Actor (Kais Nashif), Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue


Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on the popular Palestinian soap opera Tel Aviv on Fire, produced in Ramallah. Every day Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. He meets the commander of the check point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show.

In order to impress her, Assi gets involved in the writing of the show. Salam soon realises that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. His creative career catches fire, until Assi and the show’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Squeezed between an Army officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke.


original title

Tel Aviv on Fire




Luxembourg, France, Israel, Belgium

running time


produced by

Samsa Film – Luxembourg TS Productions – France

in co-production with

Lama Films – Israel
Artémis Productions – Belgium
BE TV – Belgium
Shelter Prod. – Belgium

directed by

Sameh Zoabi

written by

Sameh Zoabi, Dan Kleinman


Indie Sales

“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it”.
TFL Awards

TFL Audience Design Fund 2018

Sameh Zoabi

Film Director