Måns and Roro are best friends and work as park attendants. They get to do all the boring stuff - clean the duck pond and pick up piles of dog shit. Nevertheless, they still think they are cool and awesome. The days calmly pass by until Måns all of a sudden can't get an erection and Roro is faced with the fact that he has one week to avoid being married off.

"Jalla! Jana!" means "Come on!" or "Hurry up!" in Arabic.

Director's Biography

Josef Fares was born in 1977 and lives in Stockholm. He came to Sweden from Lebanon with his family in 1987. At the age of 15, he began making his own short films on video. All and all, he directed some 50 short films. With 21 years, Josef was the youngest student ever accepted to Dramatiska Institutet film school in Stockholm, which he still attends.
JALLA! JALLA! is Josef Fares' feature film debut.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Josef Fares

Written by: Josef Fares

Produced by: Anna Anthony

Cinematography: Aril Wretblad

Editing: Michal Leszczylowski, Andreas Jonsson

Costume Design: Denise Östholm

Original Score: Daniel Lemma

Cast: Tuva Novotny (Lisa), Laleh Pourkarim (Yasmin), Fares Fares (Roro), Torkel Petersson (Måns)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Discovery of the Year - Fassbinder Award  2001
  • Feature Film Selection 2001