‘Zaytoun’ Trailer: Stephen Dorff Takes on Israeli-Palestinian Relations


After premiering at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, Eran RiklisZaytoun is finally making its way to U.S. theaters this fall. The film centers on an Israeli fighter pilot played by Stephen Dorff (Somewhere, those weirdly confrontational e-cigarette commercials), whose plane is shot down in the midst of the 1982 Lebanese Civil War. He strikes a deal with Fahed (Abdallah El Akal), a young Palestinian boy living in a refugee camp, to get him back home in exchange for helping him break free.

Dorff’s kind of broken accent aside, the trailer shows a film with all the potential to be a great “buddy” adventure. Though clearly these two enemies aren’t going to trust each other for at least half of the road trip, they’ll surely form a tentative bond that evolves into an unlikely friendship when they realize that they’re not so different after all. Think of all the lessons they’ll learn.Check out the trailer after the break.

Joking aside, it’s a powerful premise for a film, to show that two people who are programmed to distrust each other can overcome that notion to make it back to the same place they call home.

Zaytoun is in limited theaters September 20th.

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