Award-winning Israeli Filmmaker Eran Kolirin talked with our Gadi Elkon about Eran’s latest feature film, LET IT BE MORNING.
From the director of the box office hit, THE BAND’S VISIT, LET IT BE MORNING is the story of Sami (Alex Bakri) a Palestinian-born Israeli citizen living in Jerusalem who receives an invitation to his brother’s wedding forcing him to return to the Arab village where he grew up. After the wedding finishes, with no explanation, Sami’s hometown is put under a military blockade lockdown by Israeli soldiers. When chaos erupts overnight amongst the villagers stuck behind the wall due to the blockade, Sami is cut off from the outside world and trapped in an unexpected situation. As he deals with questions about his own identity and hidden secrets are revealed, Sami watches everything he holds dear begin to fall apart. Written and directed by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin, and adapted from the international best-selling novel by Palestinian author Sayed Kashua, LET IT BE MORNING is a film about a state of siege, both internal and external – centered around a man who has built a wall around his heart, and how that inner wall starts coming apart when an actual, real wall goes up around his hometown.
Eran and Gadi discuss finding the right locations, the tremendous cast, and so much more. The interview is broken up into two parts.
Interview with Filmmaker Eran Kolirin – part 1:
Here is Part 2 of our Interview with Filmmaker Eran Kolirin:
The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, then went on to acclaim at other festivals around the world. It also won in nine of the eleven categories in which it was nominated at the Ophir Awards (Israel’s Academy Awards), including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.
The film is to open in theaters beginning Feb 3rd in New York at the QUAD Cinema (34 West 13th Street) and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal (11523 Santa Monica Blvd.).
The film will then expand into select major cities across the country on February 10th and nationwide on February 17th.
For more info, LET IT BE MORNING.