Circus Palestine (Hebrew: קרקס פלשתינה, translit. Kirkas Palestina) is a 1998 Israeli political satire film directed by Eyal Halfon, which was nominated for seven Israeli Film Academy Awards, winning five. The film was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
A Russian circus arrives on the West Bank during the intifada. The war rages, the circus acts perform and a lion escapes in the middle of the night. An Israeli officer falls in love with the lion tamer and helps her search for it. They encounter the absurdities of life living under a military occupation.Though an unlikely plot, it was based on a true story.
Yoram Hattab as Shimshon Bleiberg
Jenya Dodina as Marianna Stasenko
Amos Lavi as Colonel Oz
Vladimir Friedman as Circus Boss
Bassam Zo'amat as Ibrahim
Rinan Haim as Lugassi
Won 5 awards from the Israeli Film Academy Awards: