EXCLUSIVE: Berlin-based sales company picks up first-time Israeli film-maker Michael Mayer’s Out In The Dark

Produced by Cyns Rios and supported by the Israel Film Fund, Out In The Dark tells the story of a Nimer, a Palestinian student who falls in love with Roy, an Israeli lawyer.

As their relationship deepens Nimer is confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept him for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, M-Appeal’s Anne Wiedlack said the company was “especially interested in the title because it is an intense love story that presents a new and fresh view on the conflict in Israel/Palestine. Of course, it also perfectly fits into our gay/lesbian focus and, last but not least, we were very convinced by the two main actors [Nicholas Jacob as Nimer and Michael Aloni as Roy] who work so well together on screen.”

Wiedlack added that M-Appeal had been “looking for an Israeli title to pick up since starting the company, so we’re more than happy about this pick-up.”

Out In The Dark, which was one of the Works in Progress in the market of last year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival will be presented in a closed market screening at the Marché in Cannes on May 18.