A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Une bouteille à la mer) (2011) Film. Director : Thierry Binisti


Tai is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She’s Israeli. He’s Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. They must endure an explosive situation that is not of their choosing at an age where young people are falling in love and taking their place in adult life. A bottle thrown in the sea and a correspondence by email nurture the slender hope that their relationship might give them the strength to confront this harsh reality to grapple with it, and thereby ever so slightly change it. Only 60 miles separate them but how many bombings, check-points, sleepless nights and bloodstained days stand between them? (Imdb)

Tai is an Israeli girl. Naim is a Palestinian boy. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. Naim picks up a bottle thrown into the sea and finds Tai’s letter. Naim emails a response, and their correspondence nurtures what little hope is left in them. Although their two countries are involved in a vicious war of sorts, these members of the younger generation refuse to give up hope. The film opens with a bomb explosion in Jerusalem of September 2007. This scene summarizes the conflict of the two sides and the camera moves directly to lives of young men. The ‘privilege’ of youth has lost its meaning where daily lives involve bombings and inspections. When all attempts seem in vain, their efforts to communicate and understand reflect a last hope in this wonderful adaptation of the novel of same title by Valerie Zenatti. –BIFF