A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
17-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious "Gazaman," a young Palestinian named Naim. Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. This engrossing and hopeful drama starring Hiam Abbass is based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti.
"Recommended" - Video Librarian
Bonus short: An Oasis on the Hill directed by Igal Kohen
Sound: 5.1 Surround Sound
- "[For] anyone who's just interested in a gripping, unsentimental drama with a lot of action and a pacifist message of hope and reconciliation, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea is must-viewing."
- "Heartfelt! [Bottle] is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope."
- "This is the story of people who dream big and find a common understanding...No matter where your sympathies lie,it’s hard not to get behind that."
Awards & Recognition
Toronto Int'l Film Festival
New York Jewish Film Festival
Busan Int'l Film Festival
Virginia Film Festival
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Sedona Int'l Film Festival
Heartland Film Festival