A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Thierry Binisti
Produced by TS Productions
France 3 Cinéma
EMA Films (Canada)
Lama Films (Israel)
Written by Thierry Binisti, Valérie Zenatti
Starring Agathe Bonitzer
Mahmoud Shalabi
Hiam Abbass
Music by Benoît Charest
Cinematography Laurent Brunet
Edited by Jean-Paul Husson
Distributed by Roissy Films
Release dates
  • October 8, 2011 (2011-10-08) (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • February 8, 2012 (2012-02-08) (France)
  • March 23, 2012 (2012-03-23) (Canada)
Running time
100 minutes
Country France
Language Hebrew
Budget €2,000,000 (estimated)

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (French: Une bouteille à la mer, Quebec French: Une bouteille dans la mer de Gaza) is a 2011 drama directed by Thierry Binisti. The film, an international co-production shot in French, Hebrew and Arabic, is based on the French young adult novel Une bouteille dans la mer de Gaza by Valérie Zenatti, originally published in 2005 and adapted for the screen by Zenatti and Binisti.


Tal (Agathe Bonitzer) is the 17-year-old daughter of recent French immigrants to Israel who live in Jerusalem. Following a bomb attack on a local café, she throws a bottle into the sea near Gaza with a message asking for an explanation. Naïm (Mahmoud Shalabi), a sensitive but aimless 20-year-old Palestinian living in Gaza, discovers the bottle and tries to answer Tal's question by initiating an email correspondence. Their mutual suspicion soon develops into a tender friendship.


  • Agathe Bonitzer as Tal Levine
  • Mahmoud Shalabi as Naïm Al Fardjouki
  • Hiam Abbass as Intessar
  • Riff Cohen as Efrat
  • Abraham Belaga as Eytan Levine
  • Jean-Philippe Écoffey as Dan Levine
  • Smadi Wolfman as Myriam
  • Salim Dau as Ahmed
  • Loai Nofi as Hakim
  • François Loriquet as Thomas Morin
  • Abdallah El Akal as Daoud

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