11. Januar 2016

Munich, 11 January 2016. In theforefront of the Sundance Film Festival, Beta Cinema is proud to announce the acquisition of World Cinema Dramatic Competition entry SAND STORM by the producers of Venice Public Choice Award-winning THE FAREWELL PARTY. The Israeli drama, shot in Arabic by female debut-writer/director Elite Zexer, will have its World Premiere at Sundance on January 25 and the European premiere to follow at the Berlinale Panorama section in February.

SAND STORM is the second partnership between Beta Cinema and the Israeli 2-Team Productions (Haim Mecklberg/Estee Yacov-Mecklberg). The film was already given the top award at the Locarno Festival’s works-in-progress section.

As wedding festivities get underway in a Bedouin village in Southern Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband Suliman’s marriage to a second, much younger wife. During the celebration, Jalila stumbles across eldest daughter Layla’s involvement with a boy from her university—a strictly forbidden liaison that would shame the family. Burying the indignity of Suliman and his new bride living next door, Jalila also tries to contain Layla’s situation by clamping down on her. But younger and possessed of a boundless spirit, Layla sees a different life for herself...

Director Elite Zexer: “SAND STORM is 87 minutes, but for me, it's years. Years of an amazing ride, of passions, of struggles, of ups, of downs, of pure joy, of forever waiting or of an impossible run. Years of creation. What I learned during the making of this film is that the most wonderful part of filmmaking is the making. It's hard to part with it and let it run loose in the world. But it's also very exciting. I can't wait.”

Producer Haim Mecklberg (2-Team Production): “We're extremely proud of SAND STORM,which touched the hearts of everybody who was exposed to it so far. Our collaboration with Elite was a sheer delight. Her command of every aspect of the film did not seize to amaze us through every step of the production. After a great experience we had with Beta Cinema on THE FAREWELL PARTY, we were very happy to find out how much they loved SAND STORM and we're looking forward to another fruitful cooperation.”

Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter: “SAND STORM is a true gem. It depicts a very particular world and culture, but never in a folkloristic or exposing way. Instead it draws you right in to find yourself immersed in family dynamics that resonate universally and regardless of being a man or woman. And while the film has not a scene too many, it is yet nuanced and multi-layered, featuring beautiful performances and a filmmaker in full command. You can tell we’re very excited.”  

For further information:
Beta Cinema Press, Dorothee Stoewahse
Tel: + 49 89 67 34 69 15; Cell: + + 49 170 63 84 627,

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