Omar (film)

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Omar film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Produced by Hany Abu-Assad
Waleed Zuaiter
David Gerson
Written by Hany Abu-Assad
Starring Adam Bakri
Cinematography Ehab Assal
Edited by Martin Brinkler
Eyas Salman
Release dates
  • 21 May 2013 (2013-05-21) (Cannes)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Palestine
Language Arabic

Omar (Arabic: عمر‎) is a 2013 Palestinian drama film directed by Hany Abu-Assad. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival[1] where it won the Jury Prize.[2] It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[3] The film has been selected as the Palestinian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[4] and was among the five finalists.[5] It also won Best Feature Film at the 2013 Asian Pacific Screen Awards.[6] The film was screened at the United Nations in New York on 1 May 2014.[7]



Director Hany Abu-Assad describes putting together the idea of the film in one night, writing the structure of the story in four hours and writing the script in four days.[8] After a year of securing finance, filming began at the end of 2012 and took place mainly in Nazareth (Israel), Nablus and the Far'a refugee camp.[9][10]

Waleed Zuaiter managed to secure the $2m budget for the film, 5% of which came from Enjaaz, the post-production fund of Dubai International Film Festival and the remainder from Palestinians.[11]


Adopt Films acquired all U.S. rights to Omar after its premier at the Cannes Film Festival.[12] UK distribution rights was acquired by Soda Pictures[13] and distribution rights in France was sold to Pretty Pictures.[14]


Award/Festival Category Winner/Nominee Won
Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Hany Abu-Assad Nominated
American Film Institute Fest Grand Jury Prize Hany Abu-Assad Nominated
Asian Pacific Screen Awards Best Feature Film Hany Abu-Assad, Waleed Zuaiter Won
Best Performance by an Actor Adam Bakri Nominated
Achievement In Cinematography Ehab Assal Nominated
Camerimage[1] The Silver Frog Prize for Best Cinematography Ehab Assal Won
Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Jury Prize Hany Abu-Assad, Waleed Zuaiter Won
Dubai International Film Festival[15] Muhr Arab Best Director Award Hany Abu-Assad Won
Muhr Best Film Waleed Zuaiter Won
Ghent International Film Festival[2] Youth Jury Award Best Film Hany Abu-Assad Won
Fajr International Film Festival[3] Crystal Simorgh Prize for Best Direction Hany Abu-Assad Won
New York Film Festival Grand Marnier Fellowship Award - Best Film Nominated
Palm Springs International Film Festival Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Tromsø International Film Festival[4] The Norwegian Peace Film Award Hany Abu-Assad Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Richford, Rhonda (26 May 2013). "Cannes: 'The Missing Picture' Wins Un Certain Regard Prize". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Toronto film festival 2013: the full line-up". The Guardian (London). 23 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Foreign Language Oscar: Israel Submits ‘Bethlehem’; Palestine Goes With ‘Omar’". Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Oscars: Main nominations 2014". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Asia Pacific Screen Awards Announced in Australia". Australia Network News. 13 December 2013. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (15 December 2013). "Foreign Language Oscar Preview A Long List Of Strong Contenders For Such a Shortlist Of Possibles Nominees". Deadline London. 
  9. ^ Ritman, Alex (3 December 2013). "Hany Abu-Assad presents a direct hit from the West Bank at DIFF". The National. 
  10. ^ "AFI Fest: Hany Abu-Assad talks about making of Omar". 12 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Asfour, Nana (2014-02-22). "Omar: the Palestinian Oscar nominee made amid panic and paranoia". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  12. ^ "Adopt Films To Distribute Palestine's Oscar Bid 'Omar'". 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Soda nabs London Film Festival duo". ScreenDaily. 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Kemp, Stuart (2013-12-13). "Dubai Film Fest: Hany Abu Assad's 'Omar' Wins Top Prize". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 

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