Holy Air

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 in Featured, Programme 2017

Date: Monday 11th December, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: The Cube

Israel, 2017, 81 min, Arabic/Hebrew/English/French/Italian with English subtitles

Adam (writer/director Shady Srour) and Lamia (Laëtitia Eïdo) are a Christian Arab couple from Nazareth – members of a vanishing minority in the Holy Land. When Lamia becomes pregnant, Adam decides he has to get serious about providing for his family. He embarks on his riskiest business venture to date: bottling holy air and selling it to the city’s tourists. To succeed in this business, Adam must navigate the challenging social crosscurrents that swirl around him: Catholic capitalists, Jewish bureaucrats, Muslim gangsters.

A colourful snapshot of modern-day Nazareth, Holy Air examines the complicated emotions that go into living as a modern, progressive family on the world’s most spiritual ground. Srour and Eïdo give remarkable and unflinching performances in this endearing comedy on spirituality, ideology, and survival, as the film asks: which of these three must be sacrificed to preserve the others?

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