Magazine article Screen International

Todd Solondz, Mohsen Makhmalbaf Ready Jerusalem-Set Feature 'The Quarters'

Magazine article Screen International

Todd Solondz, Mohsen Makhmalbaf Ready Jerusalem-Set Feature 'The Quarters'

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Arsinee Khanjian, Anne Muylaert also onboard portmanteau project.

US director Todd Solondz, Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, actress-screenwriter Arsinee Khanjian and Brazilian director Anne Muylaert have arrived in Jerusalem to begin pre-production on an ambitious portmanteau feature set against the backdrop of the Old City.

Titled The Quarters, the picture will capture the four different districts of the Old City - Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian - through the eyes of an outsider with ethnic or religious ties to the neighbourhood.

Set against the backdrop of the Jewish Quarter, Solondz’s contribution will revolve around a 13-year-old American Jewish boy who reluctantly comes to Israel for the first time to perform his Bar Mitzvah. Makhmalbaf will tackle the Muslim Quarter with a tale of four friends who decide to run away together because they fear the religious divisions around them will eventually drive them apart.

Muyleart’s story revolves around a hairdresser from Rio de Janeiro who makes a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with her 17-year-old daughter to get over her cheating ex-husband. …

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