Mars At Sunrise

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"A film about a war waged on imagination."
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 1 hr 15 min
  • 7.3  (47)
  • 49

Mars At Sunrise is a 2014 drama film that explores the complexities of life in war-torn Palestine. The movie is directed by Jessica Habie, and stars Ali Suliman, Guy Elhanan, and Haale Gafori. The movie premiered at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in 2014, where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The movie follows the story of two artists, Khaled (played by Ali Suliman) and Eyal (played by Guy Elhanan), who are held in a Palestinian prison for reasons that are not immediately clear. Both artists are struggling to come to terms with their imprisonment and are suffering from feelings of hopelessness and isolation. Khaled, an Arab painter, is accused of assisting the resistance movement against Israel, while Eyal, a Jewish-Israeli artist, is suspected of being a spy for the Israeli government.

As the two artists struggle to make sense of their situation, they quickly realize that their imprisonment is not just about their own personal freedom but is also intertwined with the larger political conflict between Israel and Palestine. The movie portrays the human cost of this conflict, which is often absent in mainstream media coverage of the topic.

Through the use of flashbacks, the movie explores the personal stories of Khaled and Eyal and how they ended up in prison. It also examines their artistic backgrounds and how they use their artwork as a means of expression and resistance against oppression. Khaled's paintings are vivid and colorful, depicting life in Palestine and the struggle for freedom, while Eyal's sculptures are abstract and minimalistic, representing his frustration and disillusionment with the world around him.

One of the significant themes of the movie is the power of art to transcend boundaries and bring two seemingly opposing sides together. In one scene, Khaled and Eyal bond over their shared passion for art and the beauty of the landscape around them, despite the fact that they are supposed to be enemies. The movie showcases how art can be a tool for connection and understanding, even in the midst of conflict.

The cinematography of the movie is striking and beautiful, holding an ethereal quality that captures the mystical beauty of the Palestinian landscape. The use of vivid colors, particularly in Khaled's artwork, is particularly striking, making it an essential element of the movie.

The performances of the three main actors are exceptional, particularly that of Ali Suliman, who portrays Khaled with a rawness and vulnerability that is palpable. Guy Elhanan plays Eyal with a portrayal of stoic and reserved, yet ultimately sympathetic to Khaled's plight. Haale Gafori brings an additional layer of female perspective to the conflict, as she plays Khaled's girlfriend, Nadia.

Overall, Mars At Sunrise is a thought-provoking and moving examination of the personal costs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It goes beyond the headlines and explores it through a personal lens and illustrates how powerful art is in bringing people together. Its use of beautiful cinematography and captivating performances makes the movie a must-watch for anyone interested in the artistic portrayal of the Palestinian conflict.

Mars At Sunrise is a 2014 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 15 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 49.

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    1 hr 15 min
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (47)
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