In the face of conflict, they sought peace. What’s the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords? In 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Negotiator Mahmoud Abbas signed a Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, commonly referred to as the “Oslo Accord,” at the White House. The accords eventually collapsed in 1996 after Rabin’s assassination by an Israeli who opposed the Oslo Accords on religious grounds, but “Oslo,” a new HBO political thriller, is about the road to those accords.
Adapted from the Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the film is based on a true story of negotiations between implacable enemies — the secret back-channels talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics of a small but committed group of Israelis, Palestinians, and one Norwegian couple that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. DreamWorks Pictures, Marc Platt Productions (“La La Land“), and Bold Films produce. Now, when you have a story about Israeli and Palestinian conflicts, it seems a little strange to center the movie on a Norwegian couple. Is this a white savior story all over again? You’ll have to judge for yourself, but it sure seems that way on the outside and by the looks of this new trailer.
“Oslo” stars Ruth Wilson (HBO’s “His Dark Materials,” “Mrs. Wilson”) as and Andrew Scott (“Fleabag,” “Black Mirror” and also a part of HBO’s “His Dark Materials”). Here’s the official synopsis:
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OSLO stars Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (HBO’s “His Dark Materials,” “Mrs. Wilson”) as Mona Juul, a Norwegian foreign minister; Emmy nominee Andrew Scott (“Fleabag,” “Black Mirror”) as Terje Rød-Larsen, a Norwegian sociologist and Mona’s husband; Salim Daw (“Fauda”) as Ahmed Qurie, Finance Minister of the PLO; Waleed Zuaiter (“The Spy,” “Ramy”) as Hassan Asfour, Qurie’s associate & PLO liaison; Jeff Wilbusch (“Unorthodox”) as Uri Savir, Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry; Igal Naor (“Fauda”) as Joel Singer, legal adviser to the Israeli Foreign Ministry; Dov Glickman (“Shtisel,” “Stockholm”) as Yair Hirschfield, Israeli professor of economics; Rotem Keinan (“Fauda”) as Ron Pundak, Hirschfield’s associate and fellow Israeli professor; Itzik Cohen (“Fauda”) as Yossi Beilin, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister; Tobias Zilliacus (“Thicker Than Water”) as Jan Egeland, Norwegian State Secretary; and Sasson Gabay (“Sirens,” “Stockholm”) as Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister of the State of Israel.
“Oslo” is written and executive produced by Tony Award winner J.T. Rogers, who also wrote the stage play. The film is directed and executive produced by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (“South Pacific”). Cambra Overend is the executive producer. Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated Marc Platt (“La La Land,” “Bridge of Spies”), Jared LeBoff, and Adam Siegel are executive producers for Marc Platt Productions. Academy Award nominee Kristie Macosko Krieger (“The Post,” “Bridge of Spies”) and Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”) are executive producers for DreamWorks Pictures. David Litvak is executive producer for Bold Films. Holly Bario is a producer for DreamWorks Pictures; Producers for Bold Films, Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, and Svetlana Metkina; Produced by Mark Taylor.
“Oslo” debuts May 29 on HBO Max. Watch the first trailer below.