A Tramway in Jerusalem


A Tramway in Jerusalem is a situation comedy that juxtaposes stories and human situations in the context of the current Israeli Palestinian society in 2018. In Jerusalem the tramway connects several neighbourhoods, from East to West, recording their variety and differences. The film brings together a whole mosaic of human beings unfolding in this city which is also the spiritual centre of the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We observe the daily life of this human landscape, a series of encounters that take place along the Light Rail Red Line, from the Palestinian neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina in East-Jerusalem to Mount Herzl in West-Jerusalem. This theme comedy observes with humour a series of short situations, moments of the everyday life of a few passengers. For us – the filmmaker, the visitor during this trip – the human reality of Jerusalem is a juxtaposition of the fragments of life, of conflicts and reconciliations, that appear in the film. As if we would like to project the daily life and its inertia power against the demagogism which aims to distill hatred. Let’s hope for the best.

Director: Amos Gitai

Production: Agav Films (Laurent Truchot), CDP (Catherine Dussart), Amos Gitai

Running Time: 90’

Language: Hebrew, Arabic, French, Italian, Yiddish, German, Ladin

Country: Israel, France

Main Cast: Noa Ahinoamam Nini, Mathieu Amalric, Hana Laslo, Yael Abecassis, Pippo Delbono, Yuval Scharf, Karen Mor, Lamis Amar, Mustafa Mazi

Screenplay: Amos Gitai, Marie-José Sanselme

Cinematographer: Eric Gautier

Casting director: Ilan Moskovitch

Editor: Yuval Orr

Production Designer: Maria Volfman, Yaron Ravid

Costume Designer: Rona Doron

Music: Louis Sclavis, Alex Claude

Sound: Stéphane Thiébaut, Alex Claude, Oded Ringel