Magazine article Screen International

Davidoff Preps Jerusalem News Community Farce

Magazine article Screen International

Davidoff Preps Jerusalem News Community Farce

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Israeli director Oded Davidoffis gearing up to shoot his first English-language feature Live From Jerusalem, set against the backdrop of the city's international news community.

The dark farce revolves around a reprobate British correspondent, enjoying the high life in the city, who stages his own ISIS-style kidnapping to get out of an assignment to Darfur. The stunt finds him at the centre of a hunt by Israeli secret services as well as extremists.

Casting for the lead as well as the correspondent's German and Palestinian crew has yet to commence.

Screenwriter Roy Iddan says he was inspired by his experiences working in the now defunct Fink's bar - an institution Jerusalem frequented by politicians and journalists for 70 years until its closure in 2005.

"A lot of the patrons were foreign journalists," says Iddan, who was a student at the time. "It was around the time of the Second Intifada, a bad time in Jerusalem. …

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