Brief synopsis

Israel/ Palestine, today.

Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera, “Tel Aviv on Fire,” which is produced in Ramallah. Every day Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. He meets the commander of the check-point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show. In order to impress her, Assi gets involved in the writing of the show.

Salam soon realizes that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career catches fire, until Assi and the soap’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Squeezed between an Army Officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke.



ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Kais NashifSalam [L]
Lubna AzabalTala [L]
Yaniv BitonAssi [L]
Nadim SawalhaBassam [SR]
Maïsa Abd ElhadiMariam [SR]
Salim DawAtef [SR]
Yousef SweidYehuda [SR]
Amer HlehelNabil [SR]
Ashraf FarahMarwan [SR]
Laëtitia EidoMaïsa [SR]


1st ADLaurence Rexter-Baker
Director of photographyLaurent Brunet
1st assistant cameraAlexandre Berry
2nd assistant cameraLinda Blaschette
Costume designerMagdalena Labuz
DirectorSameh Zoabi
Script supervisorLeenda Mamosa
EditorCatherine Schwartz
Key/dolly gripAmandine Soares
GafferJan Vandenbussche
ComposerAndré Dziezuk
ProducerPatrick QuinetArtémis Productions
ProducerGilles SacutoTS Productions
ProducerBernard MichauxSamsa Film
ProducerAmir HarelLama Films
ProducerMiléna PoyloTS Productions
Co-producerArlette Zylberberg
Co-producerPhilippe Logie
Associate producerJani Thiltges
Associate producerAlice Bloch
Associate producerClaude Waringo
Associate producerAyelet Kait
Production designerChristina Schaffer
Production managerSolveig Harper
Post production supervisorDelphine Passant
Post production supervisorJean-Luc Zehnter
ScreenwriterDan Kleinman
ScreenwriterSameh Zoabi
Production sound mixerAlain Sironval
Sound re-recording mixerDavid Gillain
Supervising sound editorPia Dumont
Dialogue editorMourad Louanchi
Marketing, public relationKirsten LooseAudience Design Consultant

Distributing companies

Haut et Court [fr]France (theatrical)
Indie Sales [fr]World Sales
MFA+ Filmdistribution [de]Germany (theatrical)
Trigon Film [ch]Switzerland (theatrical)


Cameras and UtilitiesPanavision Alga [fr]
CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbHKostümequipment


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Sameh Zoabi2019Nominated


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
RepeatFranceCiné+ [fr]Monday, 14/09/2020, 8.40 PMCiné+ Club
First showingFranceCanal+ [fr]Saturday, 18/04/2020, 8.55 PMCanal+ Décalé


Theatre releaseJapanFriday, 22/11/2019
Theatre releaseSpainThursday, 31/10/2019
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 04/07/2019
Theatre releaseItalyThursday, 09/05/2019
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 03/04/2019