Philadelphia PA - Following a limited theatrical run this month, Out in the Dark will be available nationwide on DVD October 29th. The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, where The Hollywood Reporter praised the "gripping feature debut" as "sensual and suspenseful." Out in the Dark became an audience and critical rave, eventually receiving seven Audience Awards for Best Picture at film festivals around the world.
Compelling and intimate, Michael Mayer's taut first feature follows a border-crossing relationship between an increasingly desperate Palestinian student (Nicholas Jacob, making his feature film debut) and an Israeli lawyer (Michael Aloni, Infiltration, The Policeman). For his performance, Aloni took home the Audience Award for Best Supporting Actor at FilmOut San Diego. Following Out in the Dark's screening at the Torino Film Festival, Rapporto Confidenziale hailed the duo as having given "two genuinely brilliant performances." The Toronto Star said, "Nicholas Jacob as Nimr and Michael Aloni as Roy demonstrate great screen chemistry as the star-crossed lovers in a film that challenges the Arabic proverb: love finds its way."
Nimr (Jacob), an ambitious Palestinian student in the West Bank, dreams of a better life. One fateful night in Tel Aviv, he meets Roy (Aloni), an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, they are both confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept Nimr for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. When Nimrʼs close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank to a terrible fate, Nimr is forced to choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy. The San Francisco Chronicle called Out in the Dark, "a superbly crafted, romantic thriller... There have been other gay romances in this arena, but none as assured as this one."
The DVD release of Out in the Dark (SRP $24.99) will exclusively include a behind the scenes featurette and deleted scenes.