Palestinian and Israeli babies swapped at birth in Lorraine Levy's Le Fils de l’Autre
by Fabien Lemercier
Shooting has been underway in Tel Aviv for the past two weeks on Lorraine Levy’s third feature: Le Fils de l’Autre (“The Son of the Other”). After her two comedies (The First Time I Was 20 in 2004 and London Mon Amour [+see also:
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The cast includes Jules Sitruk (discovered in I, Caesar and recently seen in My Father Is a Cleaning Lady [+see also:
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Co-scripted by the director and Nathalie Saugeon with collaboration from Noam Fitoussi, the film centres on Joseph (Sitruk), an Israeli Jew who has to join the army in three months’ time for his military service, and Yacine (Dehbi), a Palestinian Arab who has just passed his baccalaureate exams and lives in France.
Nothing could have predicted that they would one day meet. But after medical tests, it is discovered that the two boys were swapped at birth in a hospital in Haifa amid the chaos of the bombings.
This mistake will shatter their vision of the world and their Israeli (Devos and Elbé) and Palestinian (Omari and Natour) families.
Le Fils de l’Autre is produced by Virginie Lacombe and Éric Amouyal for Rapsodie Production for around €2.7m . The budget includes co-production support from France 3 Cinéma, Cité Films and Solo Films, and a pre-acquisition from Orange Cinéma Séries.
(Translated from French)
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