Hany Abu-Assad’s movie “Paradise Now” portrays two Palestinian suicide bombers. At the end the screen goes blank. You do not see rubble nor dead people. The last thing you see is a pair of determined staring eyes. Abu-Assad only wants to show the perspective of the suicide bomber in his movie, where the bombers are not the offenders but the victims, and the Israelis become the offenders.
The movie was financed by the Netherlands movie fund, the German-French TV channel Arte, the film board of Nordrhein-Westphalia, and the media board of Berlin- Brandenburg. At the 55th International Film festival Berlinale, it was happily announced that the new “World Cinema Fund,” founded by Cultural Minister Christina Weiss and Berlinale-Boss Dieter Kosslick would help promote the German distribution of the movie.