PRIVATE (2004)

A Palestinian family with five children lives outside town, near Israeli settlements. Samia, the wife, wants to leave; so does one teen son. Mohammad, the patriarch, is adamant that he is staying. Two of his adolescent children want to fight. His is the passive aggression of non-violent witness. Israeli soldiers burst into the home, taking over the second floor. At night, the family is locked in the living room. We see the effects of the occupation on the children and on the marriage. Through the eyes of Miriam, the older daughter, we watch the soldiers from her hiding place. Jamal, the eldest son, sets a trap with a grenade. Characters call upon Allah. Chaos and death are close.

Winner of several prizes at Locarno International Film Festival

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Director Saverio Costanzo was born in Rome on September 28, 1975. In 2000 he wrote, filmed, directed and edited 6 episodes of a new docu-fiction set within the red room (emergency resuscitation) of the Hospital “Policlinico Umberto I” in Rome. With Sala rossa he won the special mention from critics at the Turin International Festival. Private is his first feature film.