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THE INFIDEL

by Josh Appignanesi

synopsis

Meet Mahmud Nasir, loving husband, doting father and something of a “relaxed” Muslim. Does the “F” word occasionally pass his lips? It’s hardly worth mentioning. Does he say his prayers five times a day? Of course! Well, usually… Does he fast every day of Ramadan? Who’s counting anyway? He may not be the most observant, but in his heart he is as Muslim as it gets. But after his mother’s death a discovery turns Mahmud’s world upside down. He finds his birth certificate which reveals that not only was he adopted at birth…but he’s Jewish, and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz! As Mahmud tumbles headlong into a full scale identity crisis, the only person he can turn to is Lenny, a drunken Jewish cabbie who agrees to give him lessons in Jewishness, which start with how to dance like Topol. Oy vey.

international title: The Infidel
original title: The Infidel
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: The Salt Company
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Josh Appignanesi
film run: 105'
screenplay: David Baddiel
cast: Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Arcie Panjabi, Igal Naor
cinematography by: Natasha Braier
film editing: Kim Gaster
art director: Erik Rehl
music: Erran Baron Cohen
producer: Arvind Ethan David, Uzma Hasan, Stewart Le Marechal, David Baddiel
production: Slingshot Studios