Based on the secret negotiations that led to the Oslo Peace Accords, the original film Oslo premieres on the 29th May 2021 on HBO Max. And the timing seems almost eerily perfect, with what is unfortunately happening in Israel/Palestine at the moment.
Adapted from the Tony Award-winning play of the same name, Oslo follows the secret back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics of a small but committed group of Israelis and Palestinians, plus one Norwegian couple, that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords.
The film stars Ruth Wilson (HBO’s His Dark Materials, Mrs. Wilson) as Mona Juul, a Norwegian foreign minister, and Andrew Scott (Fleabag, Black Mirror but also the unforgettable Professor Moriarty on the BBC's Sherlock) as Terje Rod-Larsen, a Norwegian sociologist and Mona’s husband. Rounding out the cast are Salim Daw (Fauda) as Ahmed Qurie, Finance Minister of the PLO, Sasson Gabay (a favourite from The Band's Visit, highlighted on our list of must-watch films to stream) as Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister of the State of Israel, as well as the always great Waleed Zuaiter (The Spy, Ramy, Omar) as Hassan Asfour, Qurie's associate & PLO liaison. Zuaiter was recently nominated for a Bafta TV Award for his role in Baghdad Central, a UK's Channel 4 series.
The film is written by Tony-winning writer of the stage play J.T. Rogers and will be directed by Barlett Sher. Executive producers include Marc Platt (La La Land), Kristie Macosko Krieger (Bridge of Spies), and Steven Spielberg -- need we say more! DreamWorks Pictures, Marc Platt Productions, and Bold Films produce.
For more info, visit the HBO site for the film.