EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has dropped its trailer for Sand Storm, the drama written and directed by Elite Zexer that is serving as Israel’s submission this year in the Oscar Foreign Language race (that shortlist is due out next week). The pic won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize this year at Sundance where it world premiered. It just picked six Ophir Awards (the Israeli Oscars) including Best Film and Best Director.
Kino Lorber acquired the pic and released it in theaters in September. Netflix is priming the pump for its December 15 bow on the streaming service.
The movie is set amid festivities underway in a Bedouin village in Southern Israel, where Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband Suliman’s marriage to a second, much younger wife. During the celebration, Jalila stumbles across her eldest daughter Layla’s involvement with a boy from her university — a strictly forbidden liaison that would shame the family. Burying the indignity of Suliman and his new bride living next door, Jalila also tries to contain Layla’s situation by clamping down on her. But Layla sees a different life for herself.
Sand Storm is up for a European Film Awards prize this weekend. In the meantime, check out the trailer above.