The Red Sea Diving Resort | SFJFF39's CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Michael K Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) and Chris Evans (Captain America, The Avengers) in The Red Sea Diving Resort

Inspired by one of the most remarkable true life rescue missions ever, The Red Sea Diving Resort is the incredible story of a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early 80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel. Chris Evans plays Ari Kidron, the Mossad agent who leads the mission together with courageous local Kabede Bimro, played by Michael Kenneth Williams. Posed as naive European entrepreneurs, the team he leads take advantage of the Sudanese government's interest in expanding its feeble Ministry of Tourism to purchase a strategically located property along the Red Sea. Their plans are thrown for a loop, however, when real tourists begin arriving, expecting service. Director Gideon Raff-creator of the acclaimed Israeli series Prisoners of War and an executive producer of its American spin-off, Homeland-brings his signature pacing to the pulse- elevating scenes of intrigue, finding opportunities along the way to fill the mise-en-scene (from Mossad office headquarters to the kitschy scuba hotel) with sly references to the culture, politics, and distinctive aesthetics of its late '70s-early '80s setting. Finding more humor and adventure in the story than one would imagine possible given the high stakes of the drama, what resonates most strongly throughout The Red Sea Diving Resort is an indistinguishable pride in the sense of fraternity (the name of the Mossad's original mission was "Operation Brothers") between the Israeli and Ethiopian Jews, and the resourcefulness and bravery that bonds them together. The prestigious cast also includes Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michiel Huisman, Chris Chalk, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley. -Tien-Tien L. Jong 

closing night reception
Sunday, July 28 | following screening
Castro Theatre Mezzanine, San Francisco
$22 Members | $25 General Public

Join SFJFF39 in signing off on another engaging run a the iconic Castro Theatre! Following the riveting closing night film, SFJFF invites you to the mezanine to partake in an assortment of food and drink provided by La Méditerranée as we transition the festival to the East Bay and San Rafael.

Director Gideon Raff in person

Director Gideon Raff

Note: Contains Graphic Violence 


Sunday July 28, 2019
7:15 p.m.
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