Magazine article Screen International

Sixteen Films to 'Catch the Moon' with le Pacte

Magazine article Screen International

Sixteen Films to 'Catch the Moon' with le Pacte

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Described as a "dramatic comedy", it revolves around a father and son's attempts to a get a brand new Mercedes into Gaza during an Israeli blockade, after the father promises the son's new bride the car as a gift.

Determined to keep the promise, the pair will go to any lengths to get the prestigious vehicle into the closed territory.

Jean Labadie's Paris-based production and distribution house Le Pacte is also handling international sales.

Zoabi, whose credits include the comic Man Without a Cellphone, will direct the film from an original first screenplay by writer Anne Koski-Wood.

"Anne's starting point was imagining what on earth normal life could be like in Gaza... it's a difficult concept and this evolved into a dramatic comedy," said Rebecca O'Brien, co-founder of Sixteen Films alongside Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, who is lead producing.

Koski-Wood has worked closely with Zoabi on the final draftand the production has also consulted with a number of Palestinian filmmakers, including Arab and Tarzan Nasser, the Gaza-born filmmakers whose debut feature Dégradé is premiering in Critics' Week in Cannes this week, to make sure the tale is authentic.

"The reason I want to make the film is because it's a delightful script but also I want to demonstrate that there are real people living real lives in Gaza. That world is never shown... it's always shown as a battlefield but people have to somehow live through all that," said O'Brien.

The film is due to shoot for five weeks in Jordan and Palestine this autumn for release in 2016. …

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