Hany Abu-Assad

Born: 10/11/1961 in Nazareth, PS

Filmography

Director (7)

The Idol 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Omar 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Courier 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Paradise Now 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Rana's Wedding 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Nazareth 2000 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Het 14e kippetje 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

The Idol 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Omar 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Het 14e kippetje 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Omar 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Curfew 1994 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Milestones

2015

Wrote and directed a biopic about Palestinian-born "Arab Idol" winner Mohammad Assaf, "The Idol."

2005

Earned international praise for his politically themed drama "Paradise Now."

1998

Wrote and directed his first feature film, the drama "Het 14e kippetje."

1992

Directed his first short film, "Paper House."

Bonus Trivia

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"I think the most important thing in any action scene is that it has to be part of the character development. If it’s just for excitement, then it’s like "I’ve seen this before."" - from Film Comment, Feb. 24, 2014

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Had to create a set to stage the scene in his film "Omar" in which a character scales the wall between Israel and Palestine, and shot only a portion of the scene at the real location, as the Israeli government would not allow his actors to climb the real wall past a certain height.

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Worked for several years as an airplane engineer before he got involved with film making.

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