Hany Abu-Assad

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Hany Abu-Assad
Born (1961-10-11) 11 October 1961 (age 53)
Nazareth, Israel
Occupation Film director

Hany Abu-Assad (Arabic: هاني أبو أسعد‎, born 11 October 1961) is an Israeli-born Palestinian film director.[1][2][3] He has received two Academy Award nominations: in 2006 for his film Paradise Now, and again in 2013, at the 86th Awards for his film Omar.

Early life[edit]

Abu-Assad is Palestinian and carries Israeli citizenship having been born in Nazareth, Israel in 1961.[2][3] He emigrated to the Netherlands in 1981 where he studied aerodynamics in Haarlem and worked as an airplane engineer for several years. Though Israeli by birth, Abu-Assad self-identifies as a Palestinian. Abu-Assad was inspired after watching film by Michel Khleifi[4] to pursue a career in cinema. Abu-Assad initially started as a TV producer working on commissions for Channel 4 and BBC. He founded Ayloul Film Productions in 1990 with the Palestinian film-maker Rashid Masharawi. [1]

Film career[edit]

In 1992, Abu-Assad had written and directed his first short film, Paper House which was made for NOS Dutch television and won several international awards at film festivals in Paris and Jerusalem.

In 1998, he directed his first film, Het 14de kippetje (The Fourteenth Chick), from a script by writer Arnon Grunberg. Later films include the documentary Nazareth 2000 (2000) and the feature film Rana's Wedding (2002).

In 2006, his film Paradise Now won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign language film, and it received an Oscar-nomination in the same category. In 2005 Paradise Now won the Golden Calf for best Dutch film.

His 2013 film Omar was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival[5] where it won the Jury Prize.[6] In 2014, Omar was announced as the Palestinian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, and has been nominated for the award.

In 2014, Abu-Assad was invited to join the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.[7]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oscar nominee: People hate Israelis for a reason". Ynet. Feb 3, 2006. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Palestinian filmmakers long for home". Variety. December 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Palestinian movie, partly filmed in Israel, gets Oscar Nod". Times of Israel. January 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Oscar-nominated 'Omar' shines spotlight on film mecca of Nazareth". The Christian Science Monitor. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cannes: 'The Missing Picture' Wins Un Certain Regard Prize". Hollywood Reporter. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Academy invites 271 people to join". Screen Daily. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Provan, Alexander (2006). "The Humanist in Hany Abu-Assad". SOMA Magazine (October 2006). 

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