Free Zone


1h 30m 2006

Brief Synopsis

Sitting in a chauffeured car parked just outside of Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, Rebecca struggles to compose herself. It isn't clear who or what has just upset her, but the driver of the car she's sitting in is losing patience. Hanna's running late for an appointment that she absolutely must keep and

Film Details

Also Known As
Zona libre
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2006
Production Company
ArtTmis Production; Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Bac Films; Bac Films Distribution; Bac Films Distribution; Bac Films Distribution; Centre National Du Cinema; CinTart; Israel Film Fund; Megacom Film (Mcf); New Yorker Films; Rtbf; Scope Pictures; StudioCanal; The Tax-Shelter Of The Federal Government Of Belgium; Tps Star; United King Films
Distribution Company
LES FILMS S+VILLE/NEW YORKER FILMS; Bac Films Distribution; CinTart; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Golem Distribution; Imovision; Istituto Luce-Cinecitta; Istituto Luce-Cinecitta; Les Films Séville; Les Films Séville; Megacom Film (Mcf); New Yorker Films; New Yorker Films; Palace Films
Location
Tel Aviv, Israel; Jordan; Jerusalem, Israel

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

Sitting in a chauffeured car parked just outside of Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, Rebecca struggles to compose herself. It isn't clear who or what has just upset her, but the driver of the car she's sitting in is losing patience. Hanna's running late for an appointment that she absolutely must keep and Rebecca is holding her up. A strong-willed, charismatic Israeli woman, Hanna is on her way to Jordan, to an ungoverned economic free zone of shady business transactions that is bordered by Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Looking for a quick "escape," Rebecca heedlessly convinces a reluctant Hanna to take her along for the ride. Their trip to Free Zone allows Rebecca a moment to reflect on what led her--some months ago--to leave the United States or Israel, and on her breakdown in Hanna's cab earlier in the day. The road-trip also reveals the urgency behind Hanna's quest, which is being made on behalf of her husband, Moshe. Recently wounded in a terrorist attack, Moshe needs Hanna to collect a debt owed to him by a business partner of his that operates an armored car dealership within the Free Zone. But when Hanna and Rebecca and reach "the American's" office, they are confronted by Leila, a Palestinian that works for "the American" and who tells Hanna that "the American" and Hanna's money are missing. Determined not to leave the Free Zone without her husband's debt paid, Hanna forces Lelia to join her, and with Rebecca tagging along, the three women begin a search of the Free Zone for "the American" and Moshe's money. Soon the relationship between the three women changes and what began as a kind of pragmatic mutual need between them, quickly turns into an emotional solidarity that will affect each of their lives forever.

Film Details

Also Known As
Zona libre
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2006
Production Company
ArtTmis Production; Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Bac Films; Bac Films Distribution; Bac Films Distribution; Bac Films Distribution; Centre National Du Cinema; CinTart; Israel Film Fund; Megacom Film (Mcf); New Yorker Films; Rtbf; Scope Pictures; StudioCanal; The Tax-Shelter Of The Federal Government Of Belgium; Tps Star; United King Films
Distribution Company
LES FILMS S+VILLE/NEW YORKER FILMS; Bac Films Distribution; CinTart; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Golem Distribution; Imovision; Istituto Luce-Cinecitta; Istituto Luce-Cinecitta; Les Films Séville; Les Films Séville; Megacom Film (Mcf); New Yorker Films; New Yorker Films; Palace Films
Location
Tel Aviv, Israel; Jordan; Jerusalem, Israel

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of Best Actress (Hanna Laslo) at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States Spring April 7, 2006

Released in United States on Video May 29, 2007

Released in United States Spring April 7, 2006

Released in United States on Video May 29, 2007