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A Feature film by Amos Gitaï

Produced by MP Productions, Agav Films

Release in France : 22/05/2002

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Actors (6)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producers :

MP Productions, Agav Films

Foreign production companies :

Agav Hafakot, Bim Distribuzione

French distribution :

Mars Distribution

Co-productions :

MP Productions, Arte France Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

Celluloid Dreams

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May 7, 1948. For six months now, battles between Jews and Arabs have been raging in Palestine. A week later, the British end their Mandate and get ready to leave the country. Ben Gourion proclaims the creation of the State of Israel. A freighter, the Kedma (To the Orient) heads for this new land. Hundreds of Holocaust survivors from all over Europe are packed into the ship. Among them are Rosa, from Russia, Janusz from Poland, and Roman who has escaped the Warsaw Ghetto. Menahem, a teenager focussed on his book of prayers, only speaks Yiddish. Stories, memories, whispers and songs abound as the ship approaches the coast.
On a beach in Palestine, Moussa and his Palmach (the secret Jewish army) fighters get ready to welcome the newcomers. A squadron of British soldiers stations itself high in the hills so as to foil this illegal landing.

Photos (5)

Full credits (9)

Executive Producers :

Michel Propper, Alain Mamou-Mani

Director of Photography :

Yorgos Arvanitis

Press Attaché (film) :

Agnès Chabot

Production Designer :

Eitan Levi

Costume designer :

Laura Dinulescu

Screenwriters :

Amos Gitaï, Marie-José Sanselme

Sound Recordist :

Michel Kharat

Editor :

Kobi Netanel

Music Composers :

David Darling, Manfred Eicher

Technical details

Feature film

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Production language :

Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Polish

Coproducer countries :

Israel, Italy

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Majority French (Israel, Italy)

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Runtime :

1 h 40 min

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Dolby SRD

Posters (1)


News (3)

Festival Selections (7)

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2010

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2010)


Amos Gitai Retrospective

BIFF - 2002

BIFF (South Korea, 2002)


Films selected

TIFF - 2002

TIFF (Canada, 2002)


Contemporary World Cinema

Montreal World Film Festival - 2002

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2002)


Out of Competition

Cannes International Film Festival - 2002

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2002)


Official Competition - Feature Films