Release date:October 28, 2005
(NY, LA; Top 10 Markets: November 11; Top 25 Markets: November 18)
Studio:Warner Independent Pictures
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for mature thematic material and brief strong language)
Screenwriters:Hany Abu-Assad, Bero Beyer
Starring:Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Amer Hlehel
"Paradise Now" is the story of what may be the last 48 hours in the lives of two Palestinian men - friends since childhood - who have been recruited as suicide bombers. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions. But with pressure mounting, time running out, and passions running high...there's no way to know which way they will go. "Paradise Now" is especially noteworthy because it gives voice to Palestinian condemnation of violence. As a testament to its humanity and its balanced portrayal of such volatile subject matter, the film has received official backing from the Israeli government.