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Out in the Dark (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 27 September 2013 (USA)
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A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.


Michael Mayer


Yael Shafrir (co-writer), Michael Mayer (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Jacob ... Nimer Mashrawi
Michael Aloni ... Roy Schaffer
Jameel Khoury ... Nabil Mashrawi (as Jameel Khouri)
Alon Pdut ... Gil
Loai Nofi ... Mustafa N'amna (as Loai Noufi)
Khawlah Hag-Debsy ... Hiam Mashrawi (as Khawlah Haj)
Maysa Daw Maysa Daw ... Abir Mashrawi
Shimon Mimran ... Daniel
Moris Cohen ... Shabak 1 (as Morris Cohen)
Tal Elimelech Tal Elimelech ... Shabak 2
Majd Bitar Majd Bitar ... Bashar
Alon Oleartchik ... Eitan Schaffer
Chelli Goldenberg ... Rina Schaffer (as Cheli Goldenberg)
Huda Al Imam Huda Al Imam ... Psychologist
Tony Haddad Tony Haddad ... Social Worker


Nimer and Roy are two gay men on opposing sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict who fall for each other. Much as they'd like to be left alone, both political conflict and orthodox beliefs will not leave their budding relationship untouched, with most of the egregious circumstances befalling Nimer, whom security forces pressure into helping them by stripping his access to education and threatening to leave him without family. Through his eye-witnessed death of a friend, Nimer knows he can't oblige. Can love find a way through this no-win situation? Written by statmanjeff

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Did You Know?


First film role for Nicholas Jacob, who portrays Nimer (Nimr on the subtitles) Mashrawi. See more »


The credits spell Roy's last name as "Schaffer" but the business card he passes Nimer says "Sheffer." See more »


Roy Schaffer: Didn't you want to meet my boyfriend?
Rina Schaefer: You could have told us ahead of time.
Roy Schaffer: Would it have made a difference?
Rina Schaefer: I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

"London and Kirshenbaum" clip courtesy of Channel 10 News flash courtesy of Channel 2 News See more »


Featured in Hands Untied: Looking for Gay Israeli Cinema (2014) See more »


Written by Arthur Eisele
Performed by Kordan
Courtesy of Last Bummer Records
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Best love story for years - incredibly intense film!
5 October 2012 | by carlo-stevenSee all my reviews

I've just watched Out in the Dark at an international film festival in Germany and don't know what to say ... The film really did touch my heart quite deeply. The intense love story between an Palestinian college student and an young lawyer from Israel shows the insane and crazy political situation in that region in an so far unseen way. The two actors do such a great job that you get the impression they're living their own life and love right in front of your very eyes. Beyond the film does not only draw a dire, sad and sometimes shocking picture of that region (e.g. it shows perfectly and convincingly how difficult any kind of love between someone from Palestine and Israel is) but also conveys hope - and celebrates the unique power and connecting nature of authentic love.

If you want to see one of the best and most touching and dramatic love stories (be it gay, straight or whatever) go for it and watch that masterpiece! you'll remember it for a long time!

What's more, all that has been said is even more impressive taking into account that this is the director's first full-length movie. Wow and congratulations!

All the best from Germany!

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Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel See more »


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$14,067, 29 September 2013

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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