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Abu-Assad Hany
Co-producteur/trice | Producteur/trice | Réalisateur/trice | Scénariste

© Courtesy Cannes 2013


Hany Abu-Ass'ad est né le 11 Octobre 1961 à Nazareth en Palestine. Après avoir travaillé comme ingénieur aéronautique aux Pays-Bas, il fonde Ayloul Film Productions en 1990. Producteur et réalisateur de nombreux documentaires pour la télévision, il co-produit pour le cinéma le premier long métrage de Rashid Masharawi, "Couvre-feu", en 1993. Auteur de deux courts métrages de fiction "Une maison en papier" en 1992 puis "13th" en 1997, il signe en 1998 un premier long métrage "The Fourteenth Chick".

Born in 11 October 1961, Nazareth, Palestine.
Abu-Assad was born in Nazareth in 1961 and emigrated to the Netherlands in 1980. After having studied technical engineering in Delft he worked as an airplane engineer in the Netherlands for several years. He was hired having an Israeli passport, but when he appeared to be an Arab Israeli and not Jewish, he was fired, allegedly for that reason. Abu-Assad entered the world of cinema and television as a producer. He formed Ayloul Film Productions in 1990.

After having studied and worked as an airplane engineer in The Netherlands for several years, Hany Abu-Assad entered the world of cinema and television as a producer. He worked on television programs about foreign immigrants and documentaries like "Dar O Dar" for Channel 4 and "Long Days in Gaza" for the BBC.

In 1992, Abu-Assad wrote and directed his first short film, "Paper House." The film depicts the adventures of a thirteen year old Palestinian boy, who tries to build his own house after his family's original house has been destroyed. "Paper House" was broadcasted by NOS Dutch television and won several international awards at film festivals.

One year later, Abu-Assad produced the feature film "Curfew," directed by Rashid Masharawi. An international co-production between Argus Film Productions, WDR, ARTE and AVRO, "Curfew" was highly praised, winning awards including the Gold Pyramid in Cairo, and the UNESCO Prize in Cannes, among others.

After his second short "The 13th," which he wrote, produced and directed, Abu-Assad began his first full-length feature project as a director. He teamed up with writer Arnon Grunberg to develop a script that challenged and explored cinematic narrative and style in a comedy about a couple in Amsterdam. The film, "The Fourteenth Chick," was the opening film of the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht 1998 and was distributed by United International Pictures.

Recent works include the bittersweet documentary "Nazareth 2000," which Abu-Assad made for Dutch VPRO television. The turmoil in a divided and secretly occupied city and its quarrelling Palestinian inhabitants, Christian and Muslim, is viewed through the eyes of two gas station attendants. Combining both a kind and a satirical approach to a serious subject matter, Abu-Assad succeeded in creating a multifaceted and surprisingly humorous documentary.

Since Augustus Film was founded by Abu-Assad and Bero Beyer in 2000, Abu-Assad has directed "Rana's Wedding" (2002), a production realized with the support of the Palestinian Film Foundation of the Ministry of Culture of the Palestinian National Authority, and describes a day in the life of a young woman in Jerusalem, during which she tries to get married before four o'clock that day. The film was selected for Critics Week 2002 in Cannes and went on to win prizes at Montpellier, Marrakech, Bastia and Cologne.

Abu-Assad's latest documentary, "Ford Transit" (2002) played at the Sundance Film Festival. A portrait of a driver of a Ford Transit taxi, the film humorously observes the resilient inhabitants of Palestinian territories. The film won the FIPRESCI award during the Thessaloniki Film Festival, the In the Spirit of Freedom Award in Jerusalem and together with "Rana's Wedding," the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Film Festival in New York.

Abu-Assad and Beyer wrote "Paradise Now" in 1999 and shot the film in Nablus in 2004. It made its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2005, where it was won the Blue Angel Award for Best European Film, the Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Prize and the Amnesty International Award for Best Film.

PARADISE NOW (Paradise Now)

FORD TRANSIT (Ford Transit)


NAZARETH 2000 (Nazareth 2000)

THE 14TH CHICK (14e kippetje, Het)

Oscar Nomination for Best Foregin Language Film 2006, Golden Globe - Best Foregin Language Film 2006, European Screenwriter Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2005

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Paradise Now 2005
Réalisateur/trice, Scénariste

Mariage de Rana (Le) 2001

Couvre feu (Curfew) 1993

Ford Transit 2002

A Boy, a Wall and a Donkey 2008

Omar - عمر 2013
Réalisateur/trice, Scénariste

Mountain Between Us (The) 2017

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Corps, Corps et Cinéma
Besma Tabib
publié le 03/09/2007 10:09:21


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Journal de Cannes
Olivier Barlet
publié le 26/09/2002 16:33:06


Le mariage de Nara
de Hany Abu-Assad
Olivier Barlet
publié le 26/07/2002 09:29:29


Images de fraternité
Olivier Barlet
publié le 01/04/1998 00:00:00

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17/10/2008 > 26/10/2008
festival |Liban |
Journées cinématographiques de Beyrouth (Ayam Beirut al Cinama'iya) 2008
5ème édition de la biennale du film arabe



06/10/2011 > 16/10/2011
festival |Norvège |
Films From the South (Film fra S√łr) 2011
21ème édition du festival Films du Sud. Invitée d'honneur: Nadine Labaki, réalisatrice libanaise.



15/03/2013 > 24/03/2013
festival |Liban |
Journées cinématographiques de Beyrouth (Ayam Beirut al Cinama'iya) 2013
7ème édition de la biennale du film arabe. at Metropolis Empire Sofil.



15/05/2013 > 26/05/2013
festival |France |
Festival de Cannes 2013
66e édition.



09/10/2013 > 21/10/2013
festival |France |
Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck 2013
24ème édition



21/09/2016 > 24/09/2016
festival |Belgique |
Aflam du Sud 2016 - Festival du Cinéma Arabe / Bruxelles
5ème édition.



07/09/2017 > 17/09/2017
festival |Canada |
Festival International du Film de Toronto (TIFF 2017)
42ème édition.


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