BIO                                                                                                                                   

Maria Zreik is a Palestinian female actor, who made her debut in Villa Touma (2014), which went to receive accolades from the Venice Biennale as well as TIFF; her lead role as Badia earned her the “Best Actress Award” at the Reggio Calabria Film Festival, as well as putting her in the spotlight of Palestinian cinema. Since then, she has appeared in several feature films, TV series, ads and theatre plays, including the lead role in Ave Maria (2015), which earned an Oscar nomination in 2016, as well as the lead role in Between Worlds (2016).  Aside from acting, Maria holds a Bachelor in Law from the Haifa University.

 

FILM                                                                                            

- Wajib (Feature Film), Supporting role, Directed by - Annemarie Jacir, Produced by - Philistine Films, 2017.                                                    

- Detained (Short Film), Lead Role, Directed by - Hajar Alnaim (Los Angeles), 2016.

- Maryam (Short Film)Lead Role, Directed by - Abdullah Bamajboor, Produced by - NYFA (Los Angeles), 2016.                          

- Between Worlds (Feature Film), Lead Role, Directed by - Mia Hatav, Daroma Production, 2016.

- Ave Maria (Short Film), Lead Role, Directed by - Basil Khalil, Produced by - Incognito Films, 2015.

  • 88th Academy Awards - Nominated for the Live Action Short Oscar
  • 68th Cannes Film Festival- Official Selection
  • 21st Palm Springs International ShortFest - 3rd Place Jury Award winner
  • 12th Dubai Film Festival - Muhr award for Best Short
  • 4th Vaughan Film Festival – Best Actress Nominee

- Villa Touma (Feature Film), Lead RoleDirected by - Suha Arraf, Produced by - Bailasan Productions, 2014.

  • 12th Reggio Calabria Mediterranean Experiences Festival, Italy- Best Actress award
  • 71st Venice International Film Festival -  World premiere at Venice Biennale
  • Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) - 2014

- World War Z (Feature Film), Directed by - Marc Forster, Produced by -Paramount Pictures, 2013.

- A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Feature Film), Directed by - Thierry Binisti, Produced by - TS Productions / Canal +, 2013.

 

TV                                                                                                                                          

- Stuck in the net (12 episodes)Supporting Role, TV network, 2014.

- Who Gave You License (1 episode), Guest Role, TV network, 2014.

- The Promise (4 episodes), Supporting Role, Channel 4 – UK, 2010.

- Dubbing & Voice-over for animation              Lead & Supporting       2008 – 2016   

- Various TV Ads and Commercials                Lead & Supporting       2013 – 2015

 

THEATER                                                                                                                         

Almina theater- Jaffa                                   Lead & Supporting                   2016-2017

 

LANGUAGES                                                                                                                  

Arabic                         Native Speaker

Hebrew                       Fluent

English                       Fluent

 

SKILLS                                                                                                                             

  • Dancer in the folk dance group "Salma", since 2009.
  • Voice Training Private Lessons from 2006 – 2010 (4 Years)
  • Ballet Dancer from 2001 – 2014
  • Piano Player Private Lessons from 2000 – 2004 (4 years)