Peccadillo Pictures has released the trailer for ‘A House in Jerusalem,’ a moving study of love and loss that creates an eerie sense of foreboding as the worlds of the living and dead collide.

10-year-old Rebecca, together with her father, relocates from the UK to Jerusalem seeking a fresh start following the tragic death of her mother. Their old family home in the Valley of the Ghosts becomes the setting for mysterious events and an unlikely friendship between Rebecca and Rasha, a young Palestinian girl only she can see.  Could it be that the walls of the house are infused with the history and emotions of past generations or is Rasha simply a figment of Rebecca’s imagination?

Still from A House in Jerusalem

As Rebecca delves deeper into the secrets of the house, she discovers Rasha’s true identity and the shared grief that binds them. This poignant tale explores memory, trauma, and the longing for home amidst the complexities of relations between Israel and Palestine.

Muayad Alayan directs as well as having co-written the script alongside Rami Alayan, the cast includes Johnny Harris as Michael Shapiro, Miley Locke as Rebecca Shapiro, Sheherazade Makhoul Farrell as Rasha, Makram J. Khoury as Shlomi, Souad Faress as the older Rasha.

Still from A House in Jerusalem

Director Alayan said; “As I grew up, these feelings of loss and grief made more sense as I experienced my first love, my first heartbreak, my first goodbye and the painful loss of my dear ones: my grandmother, my father and recently my mother. My brother and I have set out to make this personal film inspired by their memory, by the stories they told and by their survival. It is a film about the power of longing. Whether we lose a home or a loved
one we feel broken and some pieces of us seem to stay behind in the past unable to face the trauma of loss and its present aftermath.”

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The film will be released in UK cinemas on May 31st.