Ave Maria

annual catalogue - 2016
film type Fiction film Production Country Germany, France, Palestine, State of production year 2015 runtime 14'44
screening format DCP aspect ratio 2:35:1 (CinemaScope) sound format Dolby Digital languages Arabic, Hebrew subtitles Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch

The nuns of the ‘Sisters of Mercy’ convent, in the middle of the West Bank wilderness, have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of Jewish settlers come knocking at their door for help after having crashed into the convent’s wall.


Official Trailer: https://youtu.be/4zkWieC8Z8w

director Basil Khalil Cast Huda Al Imam, Maria Zreik, Maya Koren, Ruth Farhi, Shady Srour Music composer Jamie Serafi Production designer Bashar Hassoun Editor Basil Khalil other Chis Issa, Rasha Suleimann photography Eric Mizrahi Producer Eric Dupont, Eric Fantone, Helge Albers Screenwriter Daniel Yánez Sound Mathieu Choux
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika (Bridging the Borders Award)
Zagreb Film Festival, Kroatien
Diritti a Todi - Human Rights International Film Festival, Perugia/Italien
Filmlab Palestine, Ramallah, Palästina
BFI London Film Festival, Vereinigtes Königreich
Busan International Short Film Festival, Republic of Korea, Südkorea
Séquence court-métrage, Toulouse
DIFF Dubai International Film Festival, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate
interfilm Berlin: Internationales Kurzfilmfestival, Deutschland (2. Preis Konfrontationen)
Sydney Film Festival
CINEMED - International Mediterranean Film Festival Montpellier, Frankreich (Audience Award)
Int (2nd Prize for Best Short Film)
Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan (Green SOS Award)
Cervignano Film Festival, Italien, Cervignano del Friuli (Best Director Award)
Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Türkei (Best Film Award)
Festival du Court Métrage en Plein Air de Grenoble, Frankreich (Best Screenplay)
San Diego Jewish Film Fest
  • Eric Dupont
  • Incognito Films
  • Fred Joubaud
  • Ouat Media

Basil Khalil

Born and raised in Nazareth;
studied at the Screen Academy Scotland and worked on several TV productions in London;
he is currently developing his debut feature comedy screenplay