Abu Omar

by Roy Krispel



Under a very strict military curfew Salah, a grieving father, sets out on the road to cross the Israeli border carrying his dead son Omar in a duffel bag. Miri, a pregnant single woman, decides to help him out at all costs while fending off the terrible heat.

A brief and tender journey where two lonely souls become partners for a few days.

Starring Kais Nashif (Tel Aviv on Fire, Paradise Now, Limbo), winner of Orizzonti Award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival 2018.



Israel/France  2020  110mn  2.35:1  Hebrew & Arabic  1st Feature Film

Written and Directed by

Roy Krispel

Produced by

Itai Tamir, Ami Livne (Laila Films)

Co-Produced by Da Prod France (Jérémy Sahel & Fred Bellaïche) and Roy Krispel


Kais Nashif

Shany Verchik

Mickey Leon

Hila Mezger


Cinematographer  Matan Balalty

Editor  Oz Gutman

Production Designer  Tamar Gadish

Sound Designer  Michael Goorevich


Roy Krispel was born in 1979.

2016  Broken Hearts Club

2014  Football in the Valley

2012  Kumasi – Haifa


Tokyo Premiere 2020 – World Premiere

Jewish IFF in Australia 2021

Moscow IFF 2021

Kiev (Molodist) IFF 2021

Pyeongchang Intl Peace FF 2021

Shanghai IFF 2021

Haifa Film Festival 2021 – Feature Film Competition

Ischia FF 2021 (Italy) – Awarded Best Director

Kazan FF 2021 (Russia) – Diploma of the Russian Guild of Film Critics

Tertio Millenio Film Festival (Rome) – Special Mention

IFFI GOA  – World Panorama