TFL Films & Series

Tel Aviv on Fire

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

Main info

Title: Tel Aviv on Fire
Year: 2018
Directed by: Sameh Zoabi
Premiere & awards: Venice Film Festival 2018, Orizzonti, Best Actor (Kais Nashif), Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue
Produced by: Samsa Film – Luxembourg TS Productions – France
In co-production with: Lama Films – Israel, Artémis Productions – Belgium, BE TV – Belgium, Shelter Prod. – Belgium
Countries: Luxembourg, France, Israel, Belgium


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.

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