No Man’s Land Director to Helm ‘Ports of Call’ Adaptation

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Danis Tanovic, director of the Best Foreign Language Film winner
No Man’s Land, is set to take on the adaptation of a bestselling novel.

Deadline is reporting that Tanovic will direct Ports of Call, based on the hugely popular novel by Amin Maalouf.

The book tells the story of a young Lebanese man and his Jewish wife who return to live in the city of Haifa, Israel, after WWII. When war stars in this new Israel, he is is forced to go to Beirut, Lebanon. As Amazon‘s description states, “the border with Israel closes behind him and he becomes separated from his wife with tragic consequences.”

This project has certainly grabbed our attention, with Tanovic’s impressive past work providing confidence in what could be a hell of a film. On top of directing an Academy Award winning foreign film with the masterpiece that is No Man’s Land, Tanovic also earned himself a Jury Prize last year in Berlin for An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker.

Deadline quotes Tanovic as saying that he took on the book because he was “fed up with people killing in the name of difference… The whole bloody world is going 100 miles an hour toward a wall and nobody is doing anything about it.”

The film, which is being composed by The English Patient composer Gabriel Yared, will be shot in Turkey, Malta and France.

In case you haven’t seen No Man’s Land, or even heard of it before now, we’ve got the film’s trailer right here for you to check out: