Hany Abu-Assad

Palestine

Biography

In 1992 Abu-Assad wrote and directed his first short film, Paper House. The film depicts the adventures of a thirteenyear-old Palestinian boy who tries to build his own house after his family’s house has been destroyed. After his second short,
The 13th, Abu-Assad began his first feature project as a director. He teamed up with writer Arnon Grunberg to develop a script that explored cinematic narrative and style in a comedy about a couple in Amsterdam. The film, The 14th Chick, was
the opening night of the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht 1998. Recent works include the documentary Nazareth 2000. The turmoil in a divided and secretly occupied city is viewed through the eyes of two gas station attendants. In 2006 his film Paradise Now won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Films

  •    L.A. Cairo (2006)
  •    Paradise Now (2005)
  •    Al qods fee yom akhar (Rana's Wedding, 2002)
  •    Ford Transit (2002)
  •    Nazareth 2000 (2000)
  •    The 14th Chick (1998)
  •    The 13th (short-movie, 1997)
  •    Paper House (short-movie, 1992)

Major awards

Paradise Now

  • 2006 Academy Awards: Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
  • 2006 Independent Spirit Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
  • 2005 Berlin International Film Festival: Amnesty International Film Prize, Blue Angel, Nomination for Golden Bear
  • 2005 European Film Awards: Best Screenwriter
  • 2005 Nederlands Film Festival: Best Director, Best Screenplay of a Feature Film

Rana’s Wedding

  • 2003 Haifa International Film Festival: Golden Anchor Award
  • 2002 Cologne Mediterranean Film Festival: Grand Prize
  • 2002 Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival: Golden Antigone