9 Star Hotel

Overview

Middle Eastern director Ido Haar helms the haunting cinema direct documentary 9 Star Hotel. The work introduces the audience to a cadre of Palestinian men who have built a transient community on the Israeli border, comprised of jerry-built huts and tiny, sarcophagus-like sleeping compartments. The men leave these quarters and systematically cross the border each morning before dawn, to work illegally at construction jobs in Israel - risking their safety and their lives to simply draw a regular income. Throughout,...
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Overview

Middle Eastern director Ido Haar helms the haunting cinema direct documentary 9 Star Hotel. The work introduces the audience to a cadre of Palestinian men who have built a transient community on the Israeli border, comprised of jerry-built huts and tiny, sarcophagus-like sleeping compartments. The men leave these quarters and systematically cross the border each morning before dawn, to work illegally at construction jobs in Israel - risking their safety and their lives to simply draw a regular income. Throughout, the workers stick close together (Haar suggests that the circumstances actually engender tighter social bonds between them) and evince a surprising sense of humor, tenacity and resilience. Meanwhile, constant hopes for improved circumstances in the future belie their lingering fears of being discovered and shot or arrested by Israeli authorities.
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Special Features

Interview with director Ido Haar; Original theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • UPC: 741952311690
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 77,622

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Ido Haar Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Uri Ackerman Cinematographer
Yair Amir Sound/Sound Designer
Edna Kowarsky Producer
Elinor Kowarsky Producer
Era Lapid Editor
Gil Toren Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 9 Star Hotel
1. Main Title [5:06]
2. No Surprises [4:35]
3. Police! [5:19]
4. Killing Time [5:24]
5. Raid [5:24]
6. The Wall [3:54]
7. The River Wild [5:17]
8. "You Stink" [4:33]
9. Caught! [5:50]
10. Discouraged [4:19]
11. Sing-a-Long [5:29]
12. Fever [4:32]
13. Palestinian Catastrophe [6:06]
14. School Days [4:19]
15. Police or Army? [5:28]
16. End Credits [2:29]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- 9 Star Hotel
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Extras
      9 Star Hotel Theatrical Trailer
      Tribeca Film Festival Interview
   Previews
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      Man Push Cart
      Syrian Bride
      Fratricide
      Our Brand Is Crisis
      Divine Intervention
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