Filmoption International presents
A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA
directed by Thierry Binisti
Opens in Toronto May 11 at AMC Y&D
Opening this year’s 20th annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival, A Bottle In The Gaza Sea makes its way to a theatrical engagement in Toronto on May 11 at AMC Y&D.
The film opened in Quebec at the end of March and did extremely well, earning over $120,000$ at the box office. Filmoption International is wasting no time in getting this stunning film out to a wider audience across Canada.
Tal experiences a terrorist attack at her local café, but refuses to succumb to hatred and blame. She optimistically slips a message of peace in a bottle that she asks her brother to throw into the sea while he is on patrol near Gaza. Eventually, she receives an email response from NaÏm, a teenaged Palestinian who calls himself “Gazaman”. The two develop a virtual friendship through their email exchanges. Based on the novel by Valérie Zenatti, this lovely and hopeful film avoids any easy answers. Featuring a terrific cast that includes Hiam Abbass (Lemon Tree, The Visitor) and Salim Dau (Arab Labor).
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea is the second feature for director Thierry Binisti, who has spent years nurturing his directorial skills in television, where his three-part mini-series, The Blue Bicycle aired over a decade ago, and still remains one of the biggest rating successes for the public channel France 2.
About Filmoption International
Founded over 30 years ago by Maryse Rouillard, Filmoption International specializes in the distribution of feature films and in the sale in Canada and overseas of films, documentaries and television programs. Filmoption represents on an exclusive basis a large number of companies in Quebec and Canada and several foreign companies (USA, France) on international markets. In Quebec, Filmoption imports foreign feature films and documentaries for theatrical exhibition. The company also works closely with several Quebec producers to develop and finance films, documentaries and TV series.