Canticle of the Stones

Psalmul pietrelor

93 films in 19 categories
Michel Khleifi
Israel, France, Palestine, Belgium, United Kingdom
100 Min.

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Michel Khleifi Retrospective




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• 21 March, 20:30, Cinemateca Union

The film will be screened in the presence of: Michel Khleifi

Michel Khleifi
Michel Khleifi was born on November 3, 1950 in Nazareth, Israel. He emigrated to Belgium in 1970, where he studied television and theater directing at the INSAS. After graduating, he worked in Belgium television before turning to making his own films. He has directed and produced several documentary and feature films. He has received several awards including the International Critics' Prize at Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Shell at San Sebastian International Film Festival and the André Cavens Award in 1987 for his film "Wedding in Galilee". Khleifi currently teaches at INSAS.


A long time ago, in Jerusalem, the two protagonists of “Canticle of the Stones” were involved in a passionate love affair. However, after having opposed the Israeli occupation, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, while she fled to the States, far away from her family. The film starts 15 years after these events when the man is eventually freed. Now he works for an agricultural organisation and is trying to write about the occupation. The woman has returned from America on a research scholarship with a focus on the meaning of sacrifice in Palestinian society. They meet again in the midst of the Intifada (in the occupied territories) and they rekindle their relationship still surrounded by a world that is just as violent ever. “Canticle of the Stones” is a wonderful poem on the threshold between fiction and documentary. Through the lives of these two fictional characters, whose story is tightly intertwined with the reality inside the occupied territories, we are allowed an inside peek into what it is to live there, to grow up there (to die there). With them, we become immersed in this extremely subtle reflection about creation, about time, about life, about violence, about humiliation, about sorrow, about dreams, about freedom, about revolt, about fear, about responsibility, and about many more things which we invite you to experience with us! (Vanina Vignal)

awards and festivals

Cannes Film Festival 1990
International Film Festival Rotterdam 1991
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 1991 - Special Prize

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