OUT IN THE DARK

OUT IN THE DARK

(Alata)

by Michael Mayer



Israel/USA 2012, 96 min


Production: M7200 Productions, Periscope Productions

With: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jameel Khouri, Alon Pdut



Love between barriers - a life in the shadows



Nimer, a Palestinian student, is dreaming of a better life abroad. One fateful night he meets Roy, an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, Nimer is confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept him for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. When his close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank, where he is brutally murdered, Nimer must choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy.



World Premiere: Toronto IFF 2012

South American Premiere: Rio IFF 2012


Awards:

Independent Award - San Joaquin IFF 2014,

Men‘s Feature Film Jury Award - Long Island Gay & Lesbian FF 2013,

Best International Feature - Mix Brasil FF 2013,

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature - ImageOut Rochester LGBT FF 2013,

Jury Award for Best Feature - ImageOut Rochester LGBT FF 2013,

Audience Award for Best Feature - Skeive Filmer 2013

Best Narrative Feature Award - OUTflix International LGBTQ FF 2013,

Audience Award for Best Feature - Philadelphia QFest 2013,

Wells Fargo First Feature Award - Frameline 2013,

Audience Award for Best Feature Film - Out Takes FF 2013,

A Special Jury Award - InsideOut Toronto FF 2013,

Award for Best Feature, Audience Award for Best First Feature, Audience Award for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Aloni) - FilmOut San Diego FF 2013,

Audience Award for Best Feature Film - Jewish FF Berlin & Potsdam 2013,

Audience Award for Best Feature - Miami LGBT FF,

Audience Award for Best Narrative - JFilm Festival in Pittsburgh 2013,

Special Mention - Nashville FF 2013,

Audience Award - Torino LGBT FF 2013,

Audience Award for the Best Feature Film - Roze Filmdagen,

Special Mention - Guadalajara IFF 2013,

Best Feature Film - Mardi Gras FF 2013,

Best Film - Haifa IFF 2012


“A gripping feature debut (...), tender and tense, sensual and suspenseful”


“In Mayer’s assured hands, a drama that could easily have become schematic instead pulses with urgency, longing and raw feeling” - Hollywood Reporter


“This thoughtful look at modern forbidden passions transcends the imposed confines of queer cinema, saying something important about human connections (...), regardless of sexual orientation and geography” - exclaim