A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Directed by Thierry Binisti
Film Movement
99 Minutes
French, Arabic, Hebrew
Coming of Age, Jewish, Drama
Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Not Rated
DVD $29.95
PPR $200.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00
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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


  • Mahmoud Shalaby
  • Agathe Bonitzer
  • Hiam Abbass
DVD Features

Bonus short: An Oasis on the Hill directed by Igal Kohen

Sound: 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "[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."
    Jeff Henrich, Montreal Gazette
  • Highest Rating
    "Heartfelt! [Bottle] is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope."
    Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
  • Highest Rating
    "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."
    Robert Levin, AM New York


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