In Between (Bar Bahar)
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Cast: Mouna Howa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura
Language: Hebrew, Artabic with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Palestine-Israel-France 2016 102 mins. (15)
Winner: Young Talents Award, Women in Motion, Cannes Film Festival 2017; Winner Best debut feature film, Public Award, Best actress (to all 3), Haifa Film Festival 2016; Winner: EROSKI Youth Award, CICAE Award, Sebastiane Award, San Sebastian Film Festival ; Winner: NETPAC Award, Toronto Film Festival 2016; Winner: Special Jury Prize, Public Award, Zaghreb International Film Festival 2016.
In Between follows the lives of three strong, independent minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find themselves ‘in between’ the free and unfettered lives they’re aspiring to lead and the restrictions still imposed on them by a blinkered society.
Laila, a successful lawyer, craves the love of a good man who she thinks she’s found in the apparently open-minded and handsome Ziad. Salma works at menial jobs in restaurants and bars hoping her long-held dream of being a DJ becomes a reality. In the meantime she falls for the beautiful trainee doctor Dounia but is forced to keep their lesbian relationship secret from her family. Laila and Salma’s hard partying ways initially come as a shock to the more traditional and reserved Nour who is still studying for a degree and seeks a simple life. She is set for an arranged marriage to fiancé Wissam, seemingly a pillar of the community but who behind closed doors isn’t the man he appears to be. The three girls are rocked by a shocking series of events that will push their beliefs to the limit and change their lives forever whilst sealing the bond of friendship.