Paradise Now which was nominated yesterday for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language category will be brought back to Durban screens by popular demand, it was announced by Sanjeev Singh, Videovision Entertainment’s Head of Acquisition and Distribution. Paradise Now will be re-released in Durban at NuMetro Pavilion from Friday, 10 February. The run of the film at cinemas that it is currently showing at, has also been extended, at Rosebank Nouveau, Cavendish Nouveau, V & A Nouveau and The Labia.
Paradise Now which was Palestine’s Official entry in the Academy Awards, is a fascinating and moving story about two suicide bombers and follows them in the 24 hours leading up to a suicide attack. Friends since childhood, these young Palestinians, Khaled and Said are recruited to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, however things do not go as planned and have to face their destiny and their convictions on their own.
The film opened the Durban International Film Festival last year with its lead star, Kais Nashef in attendance and won the Best Director prize at the Festival, as well as Best Picture at the Three Continents Film Festival and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Paradise Now was released commercially in South Africa on 6 January and has received tremendous critical acclaim.
Sanjeev Singh commented, “We are thrilled with the Oscar Nomination received by Paradise Now. Coupled with the Golden Globe Award and Oscar nomination, as well as the fact that there is focus on Palestine, there has been renewed interest in the film, hence the re-release in Durban and the extension of the run throughout the country.”