A film adaptation of a memoir about the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas who spied on the militant group for Israel will be one of four Israeli films competing in this year's Sundance Film Festival. A fifth film, directed by an Israeli filmmaker but produced abroad, will also be competing.
"The Green Prince," a Germany/Israel/United Kingdom production directed by Nadav Schirman and based on Mosab Hassan Yousef's memoir "Son of Hamas," will be screened as a world documentary. The film festival will take place January 16-26 in Park City, Utah.
"'The Green Prince' is such an extraordinary story that one is tempted to think it is fiction, if only somebody had the audacity to invent it," states the review on the Sundance website. "Embroidering a tangled web of intrigue, terror, and betrayal, Nadav Schirman builds superb tension throughout a surprisingly emotional journey."
Schirman’s previous films include "The Champagne Spy," which features Mossad agents testifying on camera and won the Ophir Award, known as the Israeli Oscar, for best documentary film.
Two of the other Israeli movies competing at Sundance are short films.
Dikla Jika Elkaslassy's 12-minute "Here I Am… There You Are…" focuses on a married couple's sex life and the gray areas between dominating and being dominated.
The nine-minute film "I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked," directed by Yuval Hameiri and Michal Vaknin, is about a man who desperately struggles to recreate a lost memory of his last day with his mother.
Unlike the other Israeli films, "Web Junkie," an Israel/U.S. documentary by directors Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia (who are also two of the three producers), has nothing to do with Israel.
In Mandarin with English subtitles, the film tells the story of China as one of the first countries in the world to designate overuse of the Internet as a clinical condition. The documentary shows how treatment facilities in China cure teenagers of their Internet addiction.
A fifth film, made abroad by an Israeli filmmaker, will be competing in the international feature category. "White Shadow" was written and directed by Berlin and Los Angeles-based filmmaker Noaz Deshe, the son of film producer Abraham "Pashanel" Deshe. It tells the story of an Albino boy called Alias who runs away from his village to the city after witnessing his father's murder. For Alias, the city turns into a second jungle – no matter where he goes he faces the same rules of survival.
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