Film camera (illustrative).
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The Israeli documentary film The Oslo Diaries is being picked up by HBO and will be broadcast on the network later this year.
HBO has acquired all domestic distribution rights to the film, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, directed by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, chronicles the secret meetings between Israelis and Palestinians that were conducted in 1992. It uses archival video, footage it says has never been seen before, reenactments of events and interviews with many of the key players at the time, including the late president Shimon Peres.
“The meetings that changed the Middle East forever were never officially sanctioned and were chronicled only by the negotiators’ diaries,” the filmmakers said.
A review of the film by The Utah Review
called it “an outstanding film of documentary- style journalism,” while The Hollywood Reporter
said it’s inclusion of actors and narrative is a “non-traditional approach to the subject.”
Another take on the very same negotiations gained great acclaim last year, when the Broadway play Oslo took top prize at the Tony Awards. Since departing New York, the play has been touring the world and is slated to be adapted for the silver screen as well.