Opening Night Gala:
When I Saw You
+ director Q&A
Filmmaker: Annemarie Jacir
Wed 3 Apr, 6.20pm, BFI Southbank
Book now: tickets on sale at bfi.org.uk
A masterful, moving new work by Palestine's first female feature director, following a free-spirited young boy escaping from a refugee camp in Jordan in 1967.
Palestine/Jordan/Greece/UAE, 2012, 93 min
Winner: NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film, Berlinale 2013
Winner: Best Arab Film, Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, 2012
Official Palestinian Oscar Entry: Best Foreign Language Film, 2013
Jordan, 1967: free-spirited 11 year-old Tarek escapes a Palestinian refugee camp determined to return home, and is taken in by a band of freedom fighters. When his mother comes after him, they begin a journey from helpless victimhood to the defiant possibility of hope.
Making its UK premiere direct from acclaim at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, this is a masterful new work by Palestine's first female feature director.
Presented with the support of the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative; and with thanks to The May Fair Hotel, supporting our 2013 visiting filmmaker programme.
"Cinematic poetry. Beautiful, groundbreaking and deeply, deeply moving"
"One of the best works to come out of the current explosion in filmmaking in the Middle East"