First Trailer for Israeli Indie Film 'Sand Storm' Directed by Elite Zexer

August 24, 2016
Source: YouTube

Sand Storm Trailer

"Did you ever look at your daughter?" Kino Lorber has debuted the official US trailer for the indie drama Sand Storm, and Israeli film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It's a drama set in Bedouin village in Southern Israel about a mother and daughter struggling to find their own way and break the rules of the society they live in. The film stars Ruba Blal-Asfour as Jalila, along with Lamis Ammar, Haitham Omari, and Khadija Al Akel. This won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance this year. Our friend Tomris Laffly said the film knocked her socks off, adding that it's "a slow-burning and suspenseful emotional drama." This trailer hints at an outstanding film.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Elite Zexer's Sand Storm, direct from YouTube:

Sand Storm Poster

As Jalila (Ruba Blal), a 42-year-old Bedouin woman, finds herself awkwardly hosting her husband's marriage to a second, much younger woman, she uncovers her young daughter's (Layla, played by Lamis Ammar) affair with a boy from her university — a liaison that's both forbidden and could shame the entire family. Emotions escalate when Suliman (Haitham Omari), Jalila's husband, decides to move in with the new bride and Layla refuses to stop seeing her boyfriend, even after her mother's pleas. Convinced that Suliamn will be supportive of her relationship, Layla pushes for a meeting between the boy and her father ­– eventually learning that she's been promised to another man. Sand Storm is written & directed by Israeli filmmaker Elite Zexer, making her feature debut after a few shorts. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Kino Lorber will release Sand Storm in select theaters starting September 28th.

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