TCAFF: Love, Theft and Other Entanglements


The Main 3 Thu, Nov 5, 2015 7:30 PM
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
English Title:Love, Theft and Other Entanglements
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Hosted Events
Dark Comedy
Release Year:2015
Runtime:90 min
Type:Feature Narrative
Festivals & Awards:Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival, Best First Feature (Nominated), 2015
Seattle International Film Festival, Best First Feature (Nominated), 2015
Taipei International Film Festival, Best First Feature (Nominated), 2015
Galway Film Fleadh, Best First Feature (Nominated), 2015
Director:Muayad Alayan
Producer:Rami Alayan
Editor:Sameer Qumsiyeh
Principal Cast:Sami Metwasi
Maya Abu Alhayyat
Ramzi Maqdisi
Riyad Sliman
Screenwriter:Muayad Alayan
Rami Alayan


Post-film discussion with director Muayad Alayan (via skype) and visiting producer, art director, co-writer Rami Alayan

When Mousa (Sami Metwasi) steals what he thought was an ordinary car, he gets more than he bargained for when discovers a kidnapped Israeli soldier in the trunk. Suddenly, Mousa's goal to obtain enough money for an exit visa out of the Palestinian refugee camp and away from his wrecked love affair quickly dissipate. Instead, he finds himself on the run from both Palestinian militias and Israeli intelligence. In director Muayad Alayan’s debut film, skilled black-and-white cinematography is accompanied by a clever, dark, and politically insightful narrative about life under occupation with a universal message about love, theft, and other such entanglements.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with attending art director, co-producer, and co-writer Rami Alayan, as well as director Muayad Alayan via Skype.


Muayad Alayan (Director) is a Palestinian film director and cinematographer based in Jerusalem. After completing his studies in San Francisco and being part of its grassroots filmmaking culture, Alayan returned to Palestine with the dream of making organic cinema by and about Palestinians as a community; a cinema made through the participation of people coming together to tell stories, against all odds and with means that creatively defy limitations. Alayan co-founded Palcine Productions, a collective of filmmakers and audiovisual artists based in Jerusalem and Bethlehem to facilitate collaboration on film and media projects as well as to promote film as an art form among youth.

Rami Alayan (Co-Producer, Art Director, Co-Writer) is a designer and filmmaker based in San Francisco. His work centers around designing visual, narrative, and interactive experiences that engage and captivate audiences. Whether the final product flickers on a big screen or responds to touches and clicks on a handheld device, Alayan’s work is about imagining and designing what's not there but what's possible.