Detroit Film Theatre


LAILA'S BIRTHDAY

October 23-25, October 30-31 & November 1

 Detroit Film Theatre

  • Fees Apply
  • Film

(A Palestinian/Tunisian/Dutch co-production – 2008 – directed by Rashid Masharawi)

Reluctant Ramallah cab driver Abu (Mohamed Bakri) – a former judge forced to take a new job after the West Bank’s bureaucracy ran out of cash to pay him – has but a single mission to complete on this day lest he incur the wrath of his wife: to get home early with a present and a cake to celebrate his daughter Laila’s seventh birthday. The chaotic, unpredictable result, as described by Stephen Holden in his New York Times “Critics’ Pick” review, is “not an anguished political broadside, but a fleet, dark urban comedy that registers outrage in glancing jabs of absurdist observation… a sky-high dossier of everyday urban frustrations and small absurdities. Its examination of ordinary Palestinians going about their business, with checkpoints on the ground and helicopters above, maintains a wry detachment until the moment in the film when Abu’s composure briefly cracks. Even in the worst of times, life goes on.” In Arabic with English subtitles. (72 min.)

“A brilliant fusion of road movie, family drama, cinema of the absurd and sociological expose.” -Howard Feinstein, Screen International

Oct. 23-24 @ 7:00 p.m., Oct. 25 @ 2:00 p.m.

Oct. 30-31 @ 9:30 p.m., Nov. 1 @ 4:00 p.m.

 

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