Director: Uri Barbash
Cast: Arnon Zadok, Mohammad Bakri, Assi Dayan, Rami Danon, Boaz Sharabi
Runtime: 103 min.
In Israel's Central Prison, the security officer is corrupt, supplying drugs and stirring the hatred between Jewish and Arab prisoners to his advantage.
Uri, in for 12 years for armed robbery, and Issan, in for 50 years for PLO violence, command the respect of their cells. When the Arabs are framed for the murder of a Jewish prisoner and a young inmate commits suicide rather than lie about what happened, Uri and Issan form an unlikely partnership, leading the security block on a strike. Prison officials try to break it.
In the background are Uri's daughter and Issan's wife, women of beauty and passion who embody the distance from inside a cell to the outside.
Awards & Festivals:
Academy Awards (USA), Nominee – Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
Venice Film Festival – Critics' Week Award
Awards of the Israeli Film Academy – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor