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A Feature film by Amos Gitaï

Produced by MP Productions, Agav Films

Release in France : 22/05/2002


    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.

    Actors (9)

    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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    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producers :

    Michel Propper, Alain Mamou-Mani, Laurent Truchot

    Foreign Producer :

    Michael Tapuach

    Sound recordists :

    Michel Kharat, Alex Claude

    Editor :

    Kobi Netanel

    Music Composers :

    David Darling, Manfred Eicher

    Sound Mixer :

    Cyril Holtz

    Screenwriters :

    Amos Gitaï, Marie-José Sanselme

    Director of Photography :

    Yorgos Arvanitis

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Production Designer :

    Eitan Levi

    Costume designer :

    Laura Dinulescu

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    Feature film

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    Production language :

    Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Polish

    Coproducer countries :

    Israel, Italy, France (100.0%)

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    Majority French (Israel, Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Dolby SRD