Laila's Birthday

Directed by Rashid Masharawi

Year: 2008
Running Time: 72
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: Middle East, Netherlands, Palestine, Tunisia
Language: Palestinian with English Subtitles [audio]
Genres: World Cinema
Booking Inquiry Shop Home Video

Laila's Birthday

Cast
Mohammed Bakri
Areen Omari
Nour Zoubi

Crew
Directed by Rashid Masharawi


Bursting with mordant wit and alive with urgent real-life dramatic energy, Rashid Masharawi's Laila's Birthday is a "fleet, dark urban comedy," (New York Times) that "moves at a brisk clip, ticking incidents like a meter on overtime" (Time Out New York).

"At eight o'clock, it's Laila's birthday, okay?" Palestinian judge turned cab driver Abu Laila's wife reminds her husband. But on his young daughter's birthday, like any day, Abu faces a nerve-wracking shift in a Ramallah yellow cab armed only with an ex-jurist's misplaced pride, a father's loyalty, and a sticker reminding passengers that smoking and carrying AK-47's are prohibited. Rather than address politics or document holy war heroics and villainy, Laila's Birthday focuses on the toll that the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict extracts from civilians clinging to both employment and a semblance of normal life amidst chaos and corruption, missile attacks and bursts of gunfire.

"Part Tati, part Chaplin, part absurdist satire," (Village Voice), Laila's Birthday finds surprising humor and remarkable humanity in the fares Abu plucks from the social freefall of a city upended by war, and in the unyielding and often misplaced belief in the rule of law to which its unlikely hero clings en route to a hoped-for family reunion.

 

2008 Palestine/Tunisia/Netherlands 71 min. Color
In Arabic with English subtitles Letterboxed (1.85:1)

a film by RASHID MASHARAWI LAILA'S BIRTHDAY
with MOHAMMED BAKRI AREEN OMARI NOUR ZOUBI
cinematography TAREK BEN ABDALLAH NESTOR SANZ
original music KAIES SELLAMI
production design ALA' ABU GHOUSH NESTOR SANZ
editing PASCALE CHAVANCE
sound ISSA QUMSYEH
executive producers WOUTER BARENDRECHT MICHAEL J. WERNER
produced by MOHAMED HABIB ATTIA PETER VAN VOGELPOEL RASHID MASHARAWI
written and directed by RASHID MASHARAWI

© 2008 Cinema Production Center, Cinétéléfilms, Sweetwater Pictures and
FORTISSIMO FILMS

Reviews

"A BRILLIANT FUSION of road movie, family drama, cinema of the absurd and sociological exposé." - Howard Feinstein, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"BEGUILING... beautifully shot and overlaid with a spare, lyrical score that lends rueful emphasis to Masharawi's exasperated fidelity to a chronically malfunctioning city." - Ella Taylor, VILLAGE VOICE

"A fleet, dark urban comedy that registers outrage in glancing jabs of absurdist observtaion." - Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES



Awards

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION
    London * Toronto * San Sebastian * Tokyo * Cairo * Abu Dhabi

Hi-Res Poster

Trailer Embed Code

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 4:46pm
RT' @slashfilm': 10 Lessons From Watching the Entire 2019 New York Film Festival Main Slate' https://t.co/aOjfg2Eta3'' https://t.co/MpP62U6yux'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 4:46pm
RT' @media_marshall': Since masochism has now become a part of my personal brand at film festivals, I watched the entire #NYFF main slate and…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 4:32pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': It's going to be another great Halloween 🎃👻⚰💀🦇 Our October Halloween Sale Continues! • Over 220 Blu-rays and DVDs - $…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 4:28pm
RT' @garymkramer': My' @Slant_Magazine' interview with SYNONYMS director Nadav Lapid.' @KinoLorber' ' https://t.co/uwxwVtQZG8'' https://t.co/E8brVRS…'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 4:28pm
RT' @Slant_Magazine': We sat down with director Nadav Lapid to discuss his Golden Bear-winning SYNONYMS (@KinoLorber) and how he sought to co…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 1:34pm
RT' @ICSfilm': At NYFF, John Lynn sees Israeli director Nadav Lapid examine national, sexual, and cultural identities in SYNONYMS, a film tha…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 1:33pm
RT' @FilmLinc': Following sold-out #NYFF screenings, Nadav Lapid's stunning new drama SYNONYMS opens in one week! Get tickets:' https://t.co/m…'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 1:33pm
RT' @EuroFilmAwards': Yoav, a young Israeli, turns up in Paris, hopeful that France and the French language will save him from the madness of…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 1:12pm
Mondays are rough, but we're taking solace in the fact that Nadav Lapid's invigorating Golden Bear winner SYNONYMS…' https://t.co/r5Dcid9ceV'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 21 2019 at 1:07pm
RT' @GTGMcast': Bava giveaway!!! To enter the drawing and will all blu rays pictured, simply like and retweet, telling us your favorite film…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com