Private (DVD)

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.

Winner! FIPRESCI Jury Award
– The International Federation of Film Critics

Winner! Golden Leopard Award, Best Director
– Locarno Film Festival

Winner! Bronze Leopard Award, Best Actor, Mohammed Bakri
– Locarno Film Festival

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

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

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

(2004, 90 minutes, In Arabic, English & Hebrew with English subtitles, Directed by Saverio Costanzo)

DVD Special Features

  • Director Bio
  • Production Information
  • Trailer

Release Information: SRP $24.99, UPC 643519120595

Release Date: August 2007

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