Inspired by real events, documentary filmmaker Saverio Costanzo’s feature debut is a minimalist psychological drama about a Palestinian family of seven suddenly confronted with a volatile situation in their home that in many ways reflects the larger ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel.

Winner of a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, Private is convincingly shot in a documentary style with a hand-held camera and a quick pace. Director Costanzo has created a unique occasion for both Israeli and Palestinian actors to work together, and being an outsider himself, he has worked to maintain a neutral standpoint while dramatizing the conflict.

Official Selection of the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival


“. . . acted with fierce conviction”
– Village Voice

“. . . captures [war’s] harrowing complexities with unerring accuracy”
– Toronto Int’l Film Festival

“. . . an effectively didactic thriller”
– Philadelphia Inquirer


In Theaters

This film is no longer in theaters.

At Festivals

Best Director
Locarno Film Festival

Best Actor
Locarno Film Festival

This film is no longer at film festivals.