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Hiam Abbass
Hiam Abbass


Hiam Abbass was acclaimed for her performance opposite Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins in Thomas McCarthy’s The Visitor.

She was born in Nazareth, but it was after moving to Paris that she began her acting career in movies. Her feature films have since included Rashid Masharawi’s Haïfa; Ahmed Boulane’s Ali, Rabiaa et les autres; Didier Bivel’s Fais-moi des vacances; Raja Amari’s Satin rouge; Hany Abu-Assad’s Academy Award-nominated Paradise Now; Amos Gitai’s Free Zone and Disengagement; Steven Spielberg’s Munich; and Catherine Hardwicke’s The Nativity Story. Additionally, on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel as well as Munich and The Nativity Story, she worked as creative consultant and acting coach to the child and/or first-time actors.

She has performed for director Eran Riklis in two films, The Syrian Bride and Lemon Tree. The latter won the Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival as well as numerous acting awards for Ms. Abbass, including both a European Film Award nomination and an Israeli Film Academy Award for Best Actress.

Ms. Abbass has directed two short films, Le pain (in which she also starred) and La Danse éternelle (which she also wrote). She is also an accomplished photographer. 

Her latest film, Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka, world-premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and also screened at the New Directors/New Films series through the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Ms. Abbass next begins work on Julian Schnabel’s Miral, starring in the lead role of real-life heroine Hind Husseini.