Kusturica to Set New Film in Israel and West Bank

Director's new film is a comedy about two Palestinian brothers trying to smuggle their father's body from Jerusalem to Ramallah.

The next film by the Serbian director Emir Kusturica, a frequent visitor to Israel, is to be a comedy that takes place in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The American entertainment trade weekly "Variety" reported over the weekend that Tahar Rahim, the award-winning star of director Jacques Audiard's film "A Prophet" may play one of the leads in the film, entitled "Cool Water."

The new film by Kusturica ("Times of the Gypsies", "Black Cat, White Cat") is the story of two Palestinian brothers trying to smuggle the body of their father from Jerusalem to Ramallah, while evading Israeli forces and Russian mobsters.

According to Variety, production of "Cool Water," with a budget of $6 million, is to start this September. Rahim is to play one of the Palestinian brothers.

"A Prophet" garnered numerous awards, including a Cesar Award to Rahim for best actor. Rahim also took home a European Film Academy award in that category.

Before beginning work on "Cool Water," Rahim is to star in a new film by director Kevin MacDonald ("The Last King of Scotland"), entitled "The Eagle of the Ninth."