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The Door to the Sun

The Door to the Sun

A Feature film by Yousry Nasrallah

Produced by Ognon Pictures

Release in France : 09/10/2004


    In the beginning, there was Palestine. And in the beginning, there was Younes, known as Abu Salem, known as the Father of Ibrahim, who fought the English when he was 16 years old, and then carried on fighting, but from an entrenched position in Lebanon, or underground in his own country. In the beginning, there was also Nahila, his wife, who was married to him when she was 12 years old, and who breast-fed their first-born during the villagers' long, exhausting marches to the north, after they fled their burned-down homes. Then Nahila met Younes again in Bab El Chams' cave, in Galilee. He spoke to her of Saladin and Nasser; Nahila believed everything, all of Bab El Cham echoed with his heroic exploits, and after each nocturnal encounter a child was born, who Nahilia raised alone.

    It is also the story of Younes' father, Sheik Ibrahim, the old blind man, who knew the position of the sun by breathing in the trees along the route of exile.

    It's also the story of Dr. Khalil, abandoned by his mother in the mayhem of the refugee camps, and who looks after Younes in Beirut when the latter is in a coma, sitting at his bedside and telling him the tragic history of his people. It's also the story of Chams, who Khalil loved and who was executed by his comrades in arms.

    It is the story of the people of Palestine, shunted from teh camps of Galilee to the camps of Lebanon, fifty years of history, suffering, hope, and love.

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Ognon Pictures

    Foreign production companies :

    Soread 2M, Misr International Films

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

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    Photos (8)

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Humbert Balsan

    Screenwriters :

    Yousry Nasrallah, Elias Khoury, Mohamed Soueid

    Director of Photography :

    Samir Bahsan

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Eva Simonet

    Sound Editor :

    Francis Wargnier

    Music Composer :

    Tamer Karawan

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Hennequin

    Author of original work :

    Elias Khoury

    Foreign Producer :

    Gabriel Khoury

    Sound recordists :

    Jérôme Ayasse, Guillaume Le Braz

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Production Designer :

    Adel El-Maghrabi

    Costume designer :

    Nahed Nasrallah

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Egypt, Morocco, Syria, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Egypt, Morocco, Syria, France)

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    Runtime :

    4 h 38 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Rating restrictions :

    Suitable for all viewers, with warnings

    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (7)

    Torino Film Festival  - 2004

    Torino Film Festival (Italy, 2004)


    Out of Competition

    Montreal World Film Festival - 2004

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2004)


    Out of Competition

    Cannes Film Market - 2004

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2004)



    Cannes International Film Festival - 2004

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2004)


    Out of Competition