Director Saverio Costanzo
Music director Alter Ego
Genre Drama, War
|Language Arabic, English, Hebrew|
Writer Camilla Costanzo, Saverio Costanzo, Alessio Cremonini
Release date 10 September 2004 (Toronto Film Festival)
Screenplay Saverio Costanzo, Camilla Costanzo, Alessio Cremonini, Sayed Kashua
Cast Mohammad Bakri, Lior Miller, Hend Ayoub, Tomer Russo
Similar movies Paradise Now (2005)
Private 2004 movie trailer
Private is a 2004 film directed by Saverio Costanzo. A debut film by the director, the film is a minimalist psychological drama about a Palestinian family of seven suddenly confronted with a volatile situation in their home that in many ways reflects the larger ongoing conflict between Palestinians and Israel.
Initially selected as the official entry from Italy for the foreign language film category at the 78th Academy Awards, Private was disqualified as its main spoken language is not in Italian (a rule that was changed, effective with the next year's Oscars, partly due to this film). The film has received the Golden Leopard (best film) award at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival.
Mohammad, his wife and their five children live in a large, isolated house located halfway between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement. The house, in the crossfire of the two sides, is a strategic lookout point that the Israeli army decides to seize, confining the family to a few downstairs rooms in daytime and a single room at night. Mohammad refuses to leave this home and, reinforced by his principles against violence, decides to find a way to keep his family together in the house until the Israeli soldiers move on.
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