52nd edition

Hikayat Al-Jawaher Al-Thalatha

Fortnight 1995, Feature film, 1 h 46

Synopsis

Youssef, a twelve year-old Palestinian is a child of the Intifada: his father is in jail, his brother is wanted by the Israeli army. He lives with his mother and sister. Although his life is riddled with fight and repression, Youssef lives inside his own imaginary world, thus eluding life in the refugee camp, and fleeing in Gaza’s countryside. One day, as he goes bird-hunting, he becomes the hero of a modern tale: Youssef falls in love with Aïda, a young Gipsy, leader of a gang of kids. To marry her, he must find the three lost diamonds from a family necklace brought back from South America by the young girl’s grand-father. How will Youssef manage to leave Gaza for this distant continent? His search for means of transport is embedded in the everyday life of the locals. It will lead him to death and ressurection, thanks to an old wise man who recites enigmatic words of a mysterious parchment. After throwing the parchment in a desert well, Youssf will find the three diamonds, life and his philosophy…

Casting

  • Bushra Qaraman
  • Ghassan Abu Libda
  • Hanna Nemeh
  • Makram Khouri
  • Mohammad Bakri
  • Mohammad Nahhal
  • Raida Adno

Team

Screenplay
Michel Khleifi

Image
Raymond Fromont

Sound
Henri Morelle

Editing
Ludo Troch, Marie Castro

Music
Abed Azarieh

Set decoration
Bashir Abu Rab’ia

Production

Production : Sindibad Films, Londres, Grande-Bretagne Vente à l’étranger : Celluloid Dreams, Paris, France

Title in Original Version : Conte des trois diamants