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Israel’s ‘A Borrowed Identity’ Gets US Distributor

A Borrowed Identity

Israeli movie “A Borrowed Identity” has gotten an American distributor. Strand Releasing has obtained the U.S. rights for the film.

From acclaimed director Eran Riklis, “A Borrowed Identity” was originally called “Dancing Arabs.” Perhaps the name was changed because the American distributors were worried that people might think it was about an Arab dancing competition.

But the movie, which was based on the Sayed Kashua novel “Dancing Arabs, ” is about a young Israeli Arab who goes to a prestigious school and lives amongst Jews.

The movie features some of Israel’s most famous actors including, Yael Abecassis and Michael Moshonov. It had its U.S. premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

Variety said, “Riklis’ strongest film in several years, this is another well-intentioned plea for coexistence, though apart from one scene that lays bare, with welcome righteousness, the disturbing orientalism infiltrating even Israeli intellectual circles, the whole thing is rather too scrubbed and clean. Precisely for this reason, it should play well internationally.”

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