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When I Saw You (2012)
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Director:Annemarie Jacir Producer:Ossama Bawardi Screenplay by:Annemarie Jacir  Music by:Kamran Rastegar Cinematography:Helene Louvart  Edited by:Annemarie Jacir Running time:93 minutes , Panos Voutsaras

Country:Palestine Language:Arabic Genre:Drama  Subtitle:English  Starring:Mahmoud Asfa as Tarek ,
Ruba Blal as Ghaydaa
, Saleh Bakri as Layth, Anas Algaralleh as Mr. Nasser, Ali Elayan as Abu Akram,
Ruba Shamshoum as Zain
, Ahmad Srour as Touissant, Firas W. Taybeh as Majed
, Jordan

 
 
   When I Saw You (Arabic: لما شفتك‎‎, translit. Lamma Shoftak) is a 2012 Palestinian drama film directed by Annemarie Jacir. The film was selected as the Palestinian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, and won Best Asian Film at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, NETPAC award.

Follow the sun and you will find home, his dad said. Follow the sun he did.
10/10
Author: smshamma from United Arab Emirates
6 November 2012

Eleven-year-old Tarek grows restless at Harir camp in Jordan, as the days go by with no sign of return and no sign of his father. A conversation with an old woman, who tells him she''s been waiting to return for 20 years, pushes him to take his destiny into his own hands and find his way back home, following his father''s directions.

With that in mind, this curious free spirit sets off on a journey on his own, eventually finding himself in the midst of an army. An army of freedom fighters, training under the command of Abu Akram, in the hopes of one day getting their land back.

Annemarie Jacir breaks all boundaries with her second feature-length film, When I Saw You. The award-winning director brings us a story set in Jordan in 1967 about a mother and her child, who have fled across the border from Palestine to find refuge at a camp. Jacir brings together a unique set of characters, each with their individual eccentricities, quirks and traits to form what must be one of the best cast ensembles in a film of this magnitude.

I felt such happiness watching this film. Watching this young child on the screen, with his big, beautiful eyes, full of question and wonder, made me hope for more, made me want more. He did not take "no" for an answer, and he did not give up. He made me nostalgic for our days of innocence and optimism, when we thought anything was possible. When we still held on to our beliefs and values, when faith was strong within us, when we thought we could change the world if only we tried. When we still believed that good exists in the world. That, to me, is what Tarek represented in this film. Purity, innocence, but most of all… hope.

I loved him so much, I remember sitting there in the dark theatre and leaning sideways to whisper to my friend, "I am going to name my son Tarek one day, and he will be as brilliant as this kid." To tell the story of Palestine from the perspective of a child is the most unique and creative twist I''ve experienced in years. The effect is akin to The Book Thief or The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas, where a story as old as time is being seen through the lens of a child. This is a film with an 11-year-old as its protagonist – and who knew that an eleven-year-old had such a sarcastic and unique sense of humour? Clever, charismatic, witty, funny and quirky, with an odd gift with numbers, he is the perfect combination.

The rest of the characters are just as memorable, with Tarek''s mother, Ghaydaa, being the epitome of strength and resilience, standing by her son, until the very last moment. Layth, attractive and a flirt, takes Tarek under his wing. Then there is Abu Akram, the leader of the group, training them hard and sharing his wisdom in the form of famous quotes.

Jacir has made outstanding choices with this film. The combination of characters, music, scene selection and storyline makes this film very memorable. One you will be talking about long after you''ve watched it, especially given its open-ended finish, in which we are left with a choice: should we hope for the best, or expect the worst?


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Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012

Won
New Horizons Competition
Best Film from the Arab World
Annemarie Jacir 
 
"We loved the way in which Annemarie Jacir approached the sensitive subject of that crucial period."
Nominated
Black Pearl Award
New Horizons Competition
Annemarie Jacir 
 

Amiens International Film Festival 2013

Won
Audience Award
Annemarie Jacir 
Won
SIGNIS Award
Annemarie Jacir 
 

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013

Nominated
Asia Pacific Screen Award
Best Children''s Feature Film
Ossama Bawardi (producer) 
Rami Yasin (co-producer) 
Sawsan Asfari (co-producer) 
Maya Sanbar (co-producer) 
Tariq Al Ghussein (co-producer) 
 

Berlin International Film Festival 2013

Won
Netpac Award
Annemarie Jacir 
Nominated
Cinema Fairbindet Prize
Annemarie Jacir 
Philistine Films 
 

BIFEST - Bari International Film Festival 2013

Nominated
International Competition Award
Best Director
Annemarie Jacir 
 

Cairo International Film Festival 2012

Won
Special Award
Arabs in The International Cinema
Annemarie Jacir 
Philistine Films 
 

Carthage Film Festival 2012

Won
Special Jury Award
Annemarie Jacir 
Philistine Films 
 

International Film Festival of India 2013

Nominated
Golden Peacock
Best Film
Annemarie Jacir 
 

Istanbul International Film Festival 2013

Nominated
Golden Tulip
Best Film
Annemarie Jacir 
 

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012

Nominated
International Filmmaker Award
Annemarie Jacir 
 

Phoenix Film Festival 2014

Won
Copper Wing Award
Best Picture - World Cinema
Annemarie Jacir 
Philistine Films 
 

Sarajevo Film Festival 2013

Nominated
Audience Award
Best Feature Film
Annemarie Jacir 
 

São Paulo International Film Festival 2012

Nominated
International Jury Award
Best Feature Film
Annemarie Jacir 
 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2013

Nominated
FIPRESCI Prize
Annemarie Jacir 
 

Thessaloniki Film Festival 2012

Nominated
Open Horizons Award
Annemarie Jacir 
 

Young Artist Awards 2013

Nominated
Young Artist Award
Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Young Actor
Mahmoud Asfa 
Jordan
 
 

 






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