The Frankfurt Book Fair’s film prize for Best International Literary Adaptation

Ziad Doueiri and Joëlle Touma for The Attack

Frankfurt, 17/09/2013 - The Frankfurt Book Fair’s prize for the Best International Literary Adaptation, worth 10,000 euros, will be awarded to the Lebanese film producer Ziad Doueiri for his adaptation of Yasmina Khadra’s novel, The Attack (German title: Die Attentäterin, dtv). Ziad Doueiri and his wife Joëlle Touma, who was responsible for the screenplay, will accept the award together. The prize will be presented in Frankfurt, on Friday, 11 October 2013, during the awards ceremony for the Hessen Film and Cinema Prize (invitation only).

About The Attack: A suicide bombing in Tel Aviv kills 17 people. Among them is Sihem, the wife of the surgeon Dr Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman). Amin is still in shock when the police confront him with some incredible accusations. It seems that Sihem (Reymonde Amsellem) was not the victim, but in fact the culprit – she triggered the bomb herself. Enraged, Amin refutes the absurd allegation. Then he receives a posthumous letter from his wife in which she confirms everything. Amin is appalled. How could he lived together so happily with a person whom he knew so little? In desperation, Amin addresses the terrible truth and travels to the Palestinian border area. He is determined to find the fanatical ringleaders who recruited his wife. In his search for answers, Amin places himself in life-threatening situations, and he prompts questions that he would never have dared to ask.

Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, explained the choice: “With The Attack, Ziad Doueiri has produced a brilliant screen adaptation of Yasmina Khadra’s moving novel. He’s not polemical, and he avoids clichés. Instead, he shows us in a nuanced way the contradictions of day-to-day Israeli-Palestinian existence.” The Attack has previously drawn attention to itself as a competition entry in the film festivals of Toronto and Telluride in 2012; it was a contender for the Golden Shell for Best Film at the International Film Festival San Sebastián, and it received a special mention from the jury at the TVE Otra Mirada awards ceremony.

Born in Beirut in 1963, the director first made a name for himself in Hollywood as an assistant cameraman working for Quentin Tarantino. Among other films, he contributed to Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, From Dusk till Dawn, and Jackie Brown. The Attack (2012) is Ziad Doueiri’s fourth film. Doueiri will also appear as a speaker at the StoryDrive conference (, on Friday, 11 October 2013, at 9.30 am. He will talk about his experiences of border-hopping between Hollywood and the world of independent cinema, and between political thrillers and pop culture. Following this event, Ziad Doueiri, Joëlle Touma and Yasmina Khadra will all be available for interviews. Please submit your requests for interviews to Kathrin Grün (

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