Stephen Dorff has been laying low in some pretty small movies over the past two years. In fact, the only two that most people are likely to have heard of are Brake and The Iceman, and even then, you’d probably have to strain to find someone who knows of them. Now, it seems that Dorff is continuing his streak of low-key films with his latest, entitled Zaytoun.
The film tells “the story of the unlikely alliance between a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down over Beirut in 1982. Their initial distrust develops into friendship as they make their way across war-torn Lebanon on a journey to a place they both call home.”
Today, via The Playlist, we have a brand new trailer for the film that gives us a taste of what it will be like. From what we see here, it doesn’t really look like anything particularly special. It basically looks like a road movie featuring two unlikely companions, you know, a premise that we’ve never, ever seen before. Ok, ok, I’m being a little sarcastic, but I’m not really going to judge the film merely based on its uplifting trailer.
Zaytoun has been making its way around the festival circuit and has been receiving mixed reviews thus far. There are those who have enjoyed it, saying that “the story has its heart in the right place and is acted with total sincerity” and that “the beautiful location work and performances add immeasurably to the authenticity.” Then there are those who were on the flip side, saying that it “may be sweet, but it doesn’t convince” and that “these characters never really existed, we feel, in any place/time except Wish Fulfillment Land.”
Luckily, we’ll be able to judge for ourselves pretty soon as Zaytoun is scheduled to hit theaters in a limited release on September 20th.
What do you think of the trailer for Dorff’s latest? Check it out below and let us know in the comments!