COLOGNE, Germany — Out in the Dark, a romantic drama from first-time Israeli director Michael Mayer, has proved a surprise sales hit for Germany’s m-Appeal, which has closed multiple territories on the film following its market premiere at Cannes’ Marche du Film.
Mayer’s film follows the troubled love affair between two men on opposite sites of the Mid-East conflict: the Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.M-Appeal signed deals with, among others, ProFun for German/Austrian rights and Outplay for France. Both Outplay and ProFun are planning a theatrical release for the title. The sales group said it has received multiple offers on Out in the Dark and expects to seal deals with U.S. and U.K. distributors in the coming weeks.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Four of the leading actors from the award-winning television crime shows CSI:NY and CSI:Miami arrived in Israel on Wednesday and will tour the country over the coming week as guests of the Tourism Ministry.
Jonathan Frederick Togo and Omar Benson Miller (stars of CSI: Miami) and Carmine Giovinazzo and AJ Buckley (stars of CSI: NY) will visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, Masada and the Galilee among other sites. The ministry said it is the first time any of the actors have visited the country.
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov explained that when it comes to improving Israel’s tourism image he has stars in his eyes.
“Over the last year, the Tourism Ministry has increased its hosting of celebrities and opinion-formers with the objective of exposing Israel’s tourism product and increasing incoming tourism,” said Misezhnikov. “Millions of people follow the activities of these leaders on the various social media platforms and via traditional media.”
Misezhnikov noted that incoming tourism has reached all time high and is expected to top 3.8 million visitors by the end of the year.
Source: Times of Israel
Madonna has donated 600 tickets to her show on Thursday in Tel Aviv to members of the Israeli and Palestinian peace camps, who are set to take part in a special tribunal on peace.
The singer met with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists on Wednesday, ahead of her concert in front of an estimated 30,000 fans in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
Madonna, who has termed her show a “peace concert,” met with activists including veteran journalist Ron Pundak, and Yariv Openheimer, director of Peace Now, and pledged to talk about peace from the stage at the Ramat Gan Stadium.
Pundak told Haaretz that aside from Jewish peace activists, “there will be many Palestinian and Arab-Israeli activists” at Madonna’s show.
Madonna’s Tel Aviv concert is the first in a world tour to promote her new album, MDNA. The Tel Aviv show is expected to start at 8:45 P.M., after performances by DJ Ofer Nissim and DJ Martin Solveig .
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