APRIL 7, 1980

THE LONGEST NIGHT

By Nadav SCHIRMAN

2-TEAM PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2020

On the night of April 7th 1980 a team of five terrorists infiltrates a kibbutz in order to take hostages but find themselves trapped in the children’s nursery with hostages that are less than four years old.
Based on extensive research and testimonies, this is the true story of that night.

    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Drama, Historical, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • ISRAEL
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nadav SCHIRMAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Haim MECKLBERG (2-TEAM PRODUCTIONS), Estee MECKLBERG (2-TEAM PRODUCTIONS), Nati DINAR
    • Synopsis
    • "APRIL 7, 1980" IS AN EXTREMELY SUSPENSEFUL DRAMATIC REENACTMENT OF THE TRUE STORY THAT TOOK PLACE ON THIS DATE, WHEN ARAB LIBERATION FRONT COMMANDO ENTERED A KIBBUTZ IN ISRAEL AND FOUND ITSELF TRAPPED IN THE CHILDREN’S HOUSE WITH HOSTAGES NO OLDER THAN FIVE YEARS OLD.

      IN A POWERFUL VISCERAL CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE, IT FOLLOWS THE KIDNAPPING AND NEGOTIATION FROM MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES AND POINTS OF VIEWS. IT PLAYS ON WHAT EACH SIDE CAN AND CANNOT SEE. (THE COMMANDOS AND THE KIDS INSIDE THE HOUSE, THE NEGOTIATORS AND THE SPECIAL FORCES OUTSIDE, AND THE MOTHERS WHO ARE HELPLESS AND WATCHING THIS UNFOLD).

      THIS STORY THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED ANYWHERE - MEXICO - CHINA - RUSSIA - USA - UNFOLDS OVER THE COURSE OF ONE NIGHT. BUT WHAT A NIGHT! A ROLLER COASTER OF SUSPENSE THAT GRABS YOU BY THE THROAT AND DOESN’T LET GO UNTIL THE VERY END.

      THE FILM IS SURPRISINGLY HUMANISTIC AND BALANCED — EVEN THE TERRORISTS ARE PORTRAYED AS IDEALIST YOUNGSTERS WHO MADE A MISTAKE AND ARE CAUGHT IN AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION WHICH THEY CANNOT GET OUT OF.

      THE FILM FEATURES A MASTERFUL DIRECTORIAL WORK OF SUNDANCE WINNING DIRECTOR NADAV SCHIRMAN, BEAUTIFUL CAMERA WORK BY A YOUNG WOMAN WHO JUST WON BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AT TRIBECA AND THE VERY POWERFUL PERFORMANCE BY THE GROUP’S LEADER (A RISING ARAB STAR WHO MADE THE COVER OF FORBES IN ISRAEL).