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Tel Aviv on Fire: Film Screening and Q&A with Screenwriter Dan Kleinman

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Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

Dan Kleinman taught for twenty years as a member of the full-time screenwriting faculty at Columbia (1996-2016). During that time, he was chair of Film for five years and acting dean of the School of the Arts for three years. Prior to coming to Columbia, he taught for twenty years at NYU. His first produced screenplay was Rage (Warner Brothers) in 1972. His most recent film, Tel Aviv on Fire, had its world premiere at the 2018 Venice Film Festival. The film has won Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Haifa Film Festival, Grand Prize and Critics' Prize at the International Festival of Comedy Films, the François Chalais Prize for screenwriting at the RCC Festival in Cannes, Grand Prize at the Saint-Jean-de-Luz Festival, and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Asian Screenplay of 2018.

“Zoabi first attracted international attention with his screenplay for The Idol, the 2015 true-life drama about Palestinian refugee-turned-singing star Mohammed Assaf, which Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) directed. But Zoabi truly comes into his own with Tel Aviv on Fire — a best comedy nominee at this year’s EFAs — in which a Palestinian soap-opera writer teams up with an Israeli solider to concoct TV plot lines that are almost as absurd as real life in the occupied territories.”
Scott Roxborough - Hollywood Reporter,
Dec. 6, 2019

“In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, “Tel Aviv on Fire” is an enjoyable respite from the bleakness that is far more typical of their stories.”
Vanessa H. Larson - Washington Post,
Aug. 6, 2019




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