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Writer-director-star Shady Srour’s alternately funny and compassionate satire tackles a subject you rarely see onscreen—the lives of modern Arab Christians scraping by in Israel—and it does so in a wholly winning way. Adam (Srour), a gloomy, unsuccessful, 40-ish Arab-Christian businessman living in Nazareth with his pregnant wife, decides to bottle the ‘holy air’ from Mount Precipice and sell it to tourists. But there are a lot of people and circumstances—from gangsters demanding protection money to his dying father—standing in his way… Reminiscent of the work of Elia Suleiman and replete with inspired visual gags, Holy Air drolly captures the spirit of a very confusing place, where Muslim, Jew, and Christian are constantly either at odds with one another or competing for the tourist dollar…

‘A winningly satiric comedy that’s as tenderhearted as it is sly… Srour has a soulful sad-sack quality as his film’s central character, Adam, a Christian Arab Israeli who’s not quite ready for fatherhood or for the painful fading of his ailing father… The humour in Holy Air is inseparable from its poignancy, and every element of the film expresses that interconnection, from the performances to the spirited, melancholy-laced score by Habib Shehadeh Hanna.’—Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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