Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera, “Tel Aviv on Fire,” which is 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 realizes that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career catches fire, until Assi and the soap’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.
"WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A SLY, VERY HUMAN COMEDY THAT IS JUST SERIOUS ENOUGH AROUND THE EDGES ABOUT THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE IMBROGLIO TO MAKE US SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE… A COMPLETE TREAT TO EXPERIENCE."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"THE PALESTINIAN WRITER-DIRECTOR SAMEH ZOABI LIKELY WON’T WIN AN OSCAR FOR HIS GOOD-HUMOURED FARCE ON THE ISRAELI – PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, BUT COULD WE INTEREST HIM IN A PEACE PRIZE? BECAUSE HIS FILM IS ABOUT SYMPATHY AND LISTENING TO BOTH SIDES, AND HIS IRREVERENCE IS CHARMING."
- Brad Wheeler, Toronto Globe and Mail
"LIGHTHEARTED AND ENTERTAINING AREN’T WORDS OFTEN USED TO DESCRIBE MOVIES ABOUT THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. BUT THE CHARACTERIZATION FITS “TEL AVIV ON FIRE” TO A T."
- Vanessa Larson, The Washington Post
Directed by Sameh Zoabi
Country: Israel, Luxembourg, Belgium, France
Runtime: 100 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles
Rated: PG: coarse language