Villa Touma

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    Villa Touma

    Directed by

    Palestine

    2014

    85 min

    • Arabic

    Drama

    Three unmarried aristocratic Christian sisters from Ramallah have been unable to come to terms with the new reality of the occupation and the mass migration of Palestine’s aristocracy. In order to survive, they have locked themselves away in their villa clinging desperately to the nostalgia of their former glory, until one day their orphan niece, Badia, walks into their life and turns their world upside down. The three sisters see it as their mission to preserve the family name by trying to marry her off to an eligible aristocratic Christian man. Will dragging Badia to every funeral and wedding party and church mass result in them finding a good husband for her?

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    • Church of Iceland Award - Reykjavik IFF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Ula Tabari
    Nisreen Faour
    Cherien Dabis
    Maria Zreik
    Screenplay
    Suha Arraf
    Cinematography
    Yaron Scharf
    Editing
    Arik Lahav-Leibovich
    Music
    Boaz Schory

    Director's Statement

    The film will create the illusion of being a period piece. During the entire first act, the viewer will not see exteriors at all. Even while Badea is in the taxi, the camera work will be restricted to the interior and focus on her reactions to what is going on around her. The viewer will not be allowed to see what she sees. It is only in the first scene of the second Act, as the three sisters walk in the streets of Ramallah, that the viewer is suddenly aware that the film is not a period film at all but is set in modern times.

    Production
    BAILSAN FILM PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
    MAD SOLUTIONS

    Press

    A unique film...clever in its use of metaphors to comment on contemporary society.

    Kaleem Aftab, The National

    Suha Arraf...graduates to writer-director with this excellent Israeli drama.

    J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

    Suha Arraf

    Suha Arraf

    Palestine

    Suha Arraf was born in the Palestinian village of Miliya , near Lebanon. She began her filmmaking career as documentary producer. Her latest one; WOMEN OF HAMAS, received 13 awards at international film festivals. Suha’s first two screenplays, THE SYRIAN BRIDE and THE LEMON TREE, both directed by Eran Riklis, received international acclaim, with the latter winning Best Screenplay at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and a Best Screenplay nomination at the European Film Academy Awards.