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Villa Touma

 

 

 

 

 

Title in English:  Villa Touma

Director:  Suha Arraf

Country:  Palestine

Year:  2014

Duration:  85 Minutes

Languages:  Arabic with English Subtitles

Awards:  Nominated, Young Talent Award, Hamburg Film Festival 2014

 

Award-winning screenwriter Suha Arraf (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree) makes her feature directorial debut with this story of three unmarried aristocratic Christian sisters from Ramallah who have been unable to come to terms with the new reality of occupation and the mass migration of Palestine’s aristocracy. In order to survive, they lock themselves away in their villa, clinging desperately to the nostalgia of their former glory. One day, their orphan niece Badia, walks into their lives and turns their world upside down. To preserve the family’s name, the three sisters try to marry her off to an eligible aristocratic Christian man. Will dragging Badia to every funeral, wedding, and church mass result in finding a good husband for her?

 

Pere

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title in English:  Father

Director:  Lotfi Achour

Country:  Tunisia, France

Year:  2014

Duration:  15 Minutes

Languages:  Arabic with English Subtitles

Awards:  Audience Award, International Competition, Clermont-Ferrard International Short Film Festival, 2015; Special Mention of the Jury, International Competition, Clermont-Ferrard International Short Film Festival, 2015

 

Hedi is a taxi driver in Tunis. One evening he drives to the hospital a pregnant young woman who is going into labor. This brief encounter will bring a series of random, tragic and unexpected events, leading to a life-changing experience for both of them.

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