Film - International Independents Filmfest 2022


Directed by Hany Abu-Assad


Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Section: International Independents
Country: Egypt, Katar, Netherlands, Palestinian Territories
Year: 2021
Language: Arabic
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Ali Suliman, Manal Awad, Samer Bisharat, Omar Abu Amer


The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is condensed into a thriller that impressively conveys the pain felt by both sides.

Reem is a young Palestinian mother living in Bethlehem. Her appointment at Huda’s hair salon takes an unexpected turn when Huda blackmails her into working for Israeli intelligence. While Reem gets into arguments with her jealous husband and feels ever more threatened by outside forces, Huda is captured by Palestinian resistance fighters and interrogated by their leader. Is there a way out for the two women?

Meet the director


Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad, born in Nazareth in 1961, was an aircraft engineer in the Netherlands before he turned to filmmaking. He has since directed several award-winning films, including PARADISE NOW (2006), which received a Golden Globe for best foreign-language film and was the first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Academy Award. It was followed by the US action film THE COURIER (2012), starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mickey Rourke, and OMAR (2013), which had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, where it received the Jury Prize. OMAR was also nominated for an Oscar and named best film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Following the biopic THE IDOL (2015), Abu-Assad directed THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (2017), a survival thriller starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. HUDA’S SALON (2021) is his latest feature film.


Screenplay: Hany Abu-Assad
Director of Photography: Ehab Assal, Peter Flinckenberg
Film Editor: Eyas Salman
Composer: Jeffrey van Rossum
Production Designer: Nael Kanj
Costume Design: Hamada Atallah
Sound: Mark Glynne, Tom Bijnen
Sound design: Mark Glynne, Tom Bijnen
Casting director: Kamel El Basha
Producer: Amira Diab, Mohamed Hefzy
Production Company: H&A Production, Film Clinic
Executive producer: Emilie Georges, Mathieu Delaunay, Ossama Bawardi
Co-Producer: Shahinaz Elakkad, Mohamed Elakkad, Alaa Karkouti, Maher Diab
Co-Production Company: Philistine Films
World Sales: Memento International