Hiam Abbass’s performance seemed to be completely overlooked once it came time to discussing awards this year, especially considering Richard Jenkins’s performance in The Visitor wouldn’t have been nearly as effective had he not been acting opposite Abbass for the film’s climactic moments.
The film is an adaptation of Italo-Palestinian Rula Jebreal’s book about the real-life Palestinian woman Hind Husseini, who started the Dar Al-Tifl orphanage in Jerusalem in the wake of the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel. Pic will span the years 1948-94.
Schnabel wrote and will direct the film which he intends to film entirely on location in Israel and the Palestinian territories. He’s spent the past few months trying to put his passion project together.