Miral: Schnabel's Middle East Picture with Freida Pinto

March 24, 2009–Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”) has joined the cast of Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” an adaptation of Italian-Palestinian Rula Jebreal’s book about Hind Husseini, the woman who founded an orphanage in Jerusalem after the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel.

 

Schnabel wrote the screenplay, and Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas will play Husseini in a movie to be shot in Israel and the Palestinian territories, beginning next month.

Jon Kilik will produce with Pathe, which has also brought Israeli director-producer Eran Riklis aboard in a production capacity.

 

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