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THE INFIDEL

TFF 2010 Directed by Josh Appignanesi
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE THE INFIDEL [TFF 2010]

Pakistani-British cabbie Mahmud Nasir (comedian Omid Djalili) may not be the most observant Muslim, but deep down he is a true believer. After his mother dies, his life is turned upside down when he learns he was adopted—but most scandalous is that his birth mother was Jewish! And his given name was Solly Shimshillewitz! To reconnect with his real father in time, he has to become "more Jewish." The only person he can turn to is Lenny (Richard Schiff, The West Wing), a drunken Jewish cabbie that lives across the street. As Lenny teaches Mahmud how to be Jewish, Mahmud tumbles into a full-scale identity crisis, and a true comedy of religious errors unfolds.

Working directly to build modern-day Muslim and Jewish stereotypes and then breaking them down with humor and wit, writer David Baddiel and director Josh Appignanesi have crafted a comedy perfectly suited for this day and age. Iranian-born comedian Djalili is physically and emotionally a true funnyman. Although set in an East London suburb, the story is universal and the message is simple: Inside we're all the same, no matter what religious veils we wear.

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Pakistani-British cabbie Mahmud Nasir (comedian Omid Djalili) may not be the most observant Muslim, but deep down he is a true believer. After his mother dies, his life is turned upside down when he learns he was adopted—but most scandalous is that his birth mother was Jewish! And his given name was Solly Shimshillewitz! To reconnect with his real father in time, he has to become "more Jewish." The only person he can turn to is Lenny (Richard Schiff, The West Wing), a drunken Jewish cabbie that lives across the street. As Lenny teaches Mahmud how to be Jewish, Mahmud tumbles into a full-scale identity crisis, and a true comedy of religious errors unfolds.

Working directly to build modern-day Muslim and Jewish stereotypes and then breaking them down with humor and wit, writer David Baddiel and director Josh Appignanesi have crafted a comedy perfectly suited for this day and age. Iranian-born comedian Djalili is physically and emotionally a true funnyman. Although set in an East London suburb, the story is universal and the message is simple: Inside we're all the same, no matter what religious veils we wear.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 105 minutes
Language: English
Country: U.K.
Premiere: International
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Archie Panjabi, Igal Naor, Amit Shah
Director: Josh Appignanesi
Screenwriter: David Baddiel
Producers: Arvind Ethan David, Uzma Hasan, Stewart Le Marechal, David Baddiel
Editor: Kim Gaster
Director of Photography: Natasha Braier
Production Designer: Erik Rehl
Composer: Erran Baron Cohen
Contacts

Sales Contact
Samantha Horley
Managing Director
Salt Co.
London, UK W2 1DE
Phone: (44) 207-535-6714
samantha@salt-co.com

Director
Josh Appignanesi
Mercenary films
London, W1T 1QD
Phone: +44 7956 373 597
josh@mercenaryfilms.co.uk

Main Contact
Lauren Harris
Tribeca Film
lharris@tribecafilm.com

Main Contact
Uzma Hasan
Slingshot Studios
London, W21DE
Phone: +44 207 535 6720
uzma@slingshot-studios.com

Technical Contact
Neil Meredith
Finishing Post Productions
Denham, Middlesex, UB95HQ
Phone: 44 1895 834 490
neil@finishing-post.com

Press Contact
Sharleen Valentin
Rubenstein Communications
Phone: 212.843.9327
svalentin@rubenstein.com

Submitter
Michael Cicirko
the salt company
Phone: +44 (0)20 7535 6714
info@salt-co.com

Press Contact
Hannah Wilkinson
Organic Marketing
London, W1T 4HB
Phone: + 44 203 372 0976
hannah.wilkinson@organic-marketing.co.uk

Print Source
John Donkin
The Salt Company
London, W21DE
Phone: +44 207 535 6714
info@salt-co.com

Print Source
John Donkin
The Salt Company
London, W21DE
Phone: +44 207 535 6714
info@salt-co.com

Sales Contact
Samantha Horley
Managing Director
Salt Co.
London, UK W2 1DE
Phone: (44) 207-535-6714
samantha@salt-co.com

Director
Josh Appignanesi
Mercenary films
London, W1T 1QD
Phone: +44 7956 373 597
josh@mercenaryfilms.co.uk

Main Contact
Lauren Harris
Tribeca Film
lharris@tribecafilm.com

Main Contact
Uzma Hasan
Slingshot Studios
London, W21DE
Phone: +44 207 535 6720
uzma@slingshot-studios.com

Technical Contact
Neil Meredith
Finishing Post Productions
Denham, Middlesex, UB95HQ
Phone: 44 1895 834 490
neil@finishing-post.com

Press Contact
Sharleen Valentin
Rubenstein Communications
Phone: 212.843.9327
svalentin@rubenstein.com

Submitter
Michael Cicirko
the salt company
Phone: +44 (0)20 7535 6714
info@salt-co.com

Press Contact
Hannah Wilkinson
Organic Marketing
London, W1T 4HB
Phone: + 44 203 372 0976
hannah.wilkinson@organic-marketing.co.uk

Print Source
John Donkin
The Salt Company
London, W21DE
Phone: +44 207 535 6714
info@salt-co.com

Print Source
John Donkin
The Salt Company
London, W21DE
Phone: +44 207 535 6714
info@salt-co.com

About the Director(s)
Josh Appignanesi was born in London and studied anthropology at King's College, Cambridge. His debut feature Song of Songs received a special commendation at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Previous works include award-winning short films Nine ½ Minutes and Ex Memoria.

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