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Basil Khalil

Director, screenwriter  

Basil Khalil is an Academy Award and Palme d’Or nominated writer and director, born and raised in Nazareth, to a Palestinian father and British-Irish mother.
Basil studied for an MA at Screen Academy Scotland, in Edinburgh, then worked on a number of television productions in London.
Screen International Magazine named Basil as one of “Top 10 Arab filmmakers to watch”.
Basil’s Oscar nominated short film Ave Maria was described by the New York Times as; “The Middle Eastern answer to ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’.”
The film premiered in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 before going on to screen at more than 180 film festivals and winning over 35 awards.
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