BERLIN - The Match Factory has picked up international sales rights on Omar, the latest feature from Paradise Now director Hany Abu-Assad.
The drama, the story of three childhood friends and a young woman who are torn apart in their fight for freedom, is billed as the first fully-financed film to come out of the Palestinian cinema industry. Omar stars Waleed Zuaitier, who has appeared on Showtime Emmy-winning series Homeland, alongside Adam Bakri, Samer Bisharat, Eyad Hourani, and Leem Lubany.
Zuaiter also produced together with David Gerson through the newly-formed Palestinian-American production company ZBros with financing coming from Palestinian investors and through the local Enjaaz Film Initiative.
Omar shot in Nazareth and the West Bank and is currently in post-production. Match Factory will introduce the feature to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin this week.