A painter’s resistance,
courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story
of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel’s
Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in
exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we
witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom
as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life
surrounded by conflict.
Mars at Sunrise stars Ali Suliman as Khaled, Golden Globe Winner for
Best Foreign Film 2005, Paradise Now; Guy El Hanan as Eyal, an Israeli
radio personality and an accomplished playwright; and Haale Gafori as
Azzadeh, a singer based in Brooklyn and author of the film’s original
poetry. The soundtrack comes in six languages (English, Hebrew,
Russian, Yiddish, Farsi and Arabic) and was produced by Tamir Muskat of
the Balkan Beat Box, and featuring original music by Itamar Ziegler and
The film was directed by Jessica Habie, and it was her first feature; Jessica’s documentary works Beyond Blue and Gray and Art and Apathy
received awards at several film festivals including Tribeca Film
Festival, The Cannes Short Film Corner and Berlinale Talent Campus. Mars
at Sunrise was produced by Baher Agbariya (Thirst Attash, Last Days in Jerusalem, Man Without a Cell Phone, Omar) and edited by Luis Carballar (Amores Perros, Manorca, Sin Nombre, The Devil’s Double, Immigrant) and ErezOs. Sound Design was done by Martin Herndandez, (Amores Perros, Babel, Into the Wild, The Loneliest Planet, On the Road).
The film is set for limited theatrical and wide digital distribution
in February of 2014. Proceeds for the film will go to the newly created
Fajr Falestine Film Fund and will support the production of experimental
and otherwise genre defiant works of cinema from the Palestinian
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Fajr Falestine Film Fund Mission Statement
To form an independent film collective of artists interested in
producing thought provoking, experimental cinema in the Middle East.
This independent collective composed of five selected
filmmakers will work as a small studio, coming together to support,
promote and produce projects that we feel are genre defiant and artistically
ground breaking. The Film Fund will be managed and overseen by the Eyes
Infinite Foundation a United States based Non Profit Organization. The five artists
who will be nominated by an international panel of judges will receive the
funds generated from the Fajr Falestine Film Campaign in order to create their
own experimental film projects.
As many of the traditional avenues for fundraising and
producing independent film have disappeared or become exceptionally
competitive, we aim to create a new model of self produced, financed and
distributed cinema projects in which the artists in our collective combine
forces and resources to create the kind of works that are difficult to produce
and distribute through traditional production structures.
Eyes Infinite Films will present its first feature film Mars
at Sunrise with limited theatrical and extensive digital distribution
in March 2014. After the screening of the film online, the audience
will be directed to a web page that allows them the opportunity to choose which
of the five presented projects will receive the screening fee they paid to
watch Mars at Sunrise. The projects will focus on currents issue
in Palestinian political, social or cultural life from a new or avant-garde
Each project will be accompanied with information about the
filmmaker presenting the project, and the international judges who have come
together to nominate the film for the Fajr Fund. The goal is to create a system
in which the successful self-distribution of one Eyes Infinite family project
will go on to fund other films in perpetuity.