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Character: Rose
Directed by: Amos Gitai
Written by: Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme
Produced by: Amos Gitai, Michel Propper, Michael Tapuah, Laurent Truchot
Other cast: Diana Bespechni, Hanna Schygulla, Anne Parillaud, Alla An, Kristina Likhnyski
Release date: October 21, 2004 (Israel) | September 24, 2005 (U.S. limited)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Running time: 88 min

“Promised Land” tells the story of a group of young unwitting Estonian girls smuggled through Egypt to be auctioned off as prostitutes in Israel, and of their initiation into this trade of flesh, and finally of the accidental freeing of one girl who most fight for her freedom.


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Reviews

“The traffic in sex slaves from Eastern Europe is not pretty, so it makes perfect sense that Amos Gitai should choose to make his drama on the subject, “Promised Land,” depressing, brutal and ugly looking.”
Leslie Felperin, Variety

Triva

• Director Amos Gitai said in an interview that he convinced the cast and crew to literally camp out in the desert where the opening sequences were shot. This began because he was tired of the long daily commute from the location to Tel Aviv, but he believes that the fact that most of them agreed to join him, living in tents without running water for days, added to the gritty realism of these scenes, because the actresses were just as unwashed and uncomfortable as their characters.

Awards & Nominations

Won Venice Film Festival – ‘CinemAvvenire’ Award – Amos Gitai
Nominated Venice Film Festival – Golden Lion – Amos Gitai
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