11 October 1961 |
Hany Abu-Assad (Arabic: هاني أبو أسعد, born 11 October 1961) is a Palestinian film director. 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.
Abu-Assad is Palestinian and carries Israeli citizenship as he was born in Nazareth, Israel in 1961. He emigrated to the Netherlands in 1980 where he studied aerodynamics in Haarlem and worked as an airplane engineer for several years.
Abu-Assad was inspired after watching film by Michel Khleifi to pursue career in the world of cinema. Abu-Assad initially started as a TV producer working on commission for Channel 4 and BBC. He founded Ayloul Film Productions in 1990 with the Palestinian film-maker Rashid Masharawi. 
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 where it won the Jury Prize. 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.
- Paper House (1992) - Director
- Curfew (1993) - Producer
- The 13th (1997, short film) - Director
- The Fourteenth Chick (1998) - Director
- Rana's Wedding (2002) - Director
- Paradise Now (2005) - Director
- The Courier (2012) - Director
- Omar (2013)
- Dar 0 Dour (1990) - Producer
- Long Days in Gaza (1991) - Producer
- De Arabieren van 2001 (1999) - Director
- Het Spijkerkwartier (2000) - Director
- Nazareth 2000 (2000) - Director
- Ford Transit (2002) - Director
- "Palestinian filmmakers long for home". Variety. December 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "Palestinian movie, partly filmed in Israel, gets Oscar Nod". Times of Israel. January 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "Oscar-nominated 'Omar' shines spotlight on film mecca of Nazareth". The Christian Science Monitor. 02 March 2014. Retrieved 02 March 2014.
- "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "Cannes: 'The Missing Picture' Wins Un Certain Regard Prize". Hollywood Reporter. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- Provan, Alexander (2006). "The Humanist in Hany Abu-Assad". SOMA Magazine (October 2006).
- Hany Abu-Assad at the Internet Movie Database
-  "The Courier IMDB page"
- "It was a joke I was even nominated" The Guardian
- "I risked my life to make this movie" The Telegraph
- "Ticket to Paradise?" Christianity Today