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THE KITE (Le Cerf-Volant)

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THE KITE (Le Cerf-Volant)

Director: Randa Chahal Sabbag
Lebanon   |   2003   |   80 minutes
Arabic, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Lebanon’s official submission to the 2003 Academy Awards

Synopsis In director Randa Chahal Sabbag's fairytale for troubled times, sixteen-year old Lamia must cross a border checkpoint between Lebanon and Israel to marry a man she has never met. Neither she nor her betrothed are eager to consummate a marriage to a stranger matter further complicated by Lamia's surprising admission that she is in love with the Israeli soldier guarding the border. Sabbag's enchanting drama about marriage and tradition is underscored by delicate symbolism and artful references to politics of Lebanon's territories that have been annexed.

About the Director Randa Chahal Sabbag was born in Tripoli, Lebanon. She studied film at the University of Vincennes and the School of Louis Lumiére in France. She directed numerous documentaries, short films, and television programs before her first feature film, Sand Screens (1991). Her second feature film, A Civilized People (1998), a black comedy about the Lebanese Civil War, was censored in Lebanon. She refused to make edits to her film that the Ministry of Interior's military censors proposed, which resulted in her being vilified in the press and her family receiving death threats. In 2004, she was awarded with the nation's highest honor, a Chevalier of the Order of the Cedar, for her contributions to Lebanon. The Kite is her third feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2008 film series.



CAST

Lamia - Flavia Béchara
Ziad - Ziad Rahbani
Amira - Randa Asmar
Jamilé - Julia Kassar
Shirine - Liliane Nemry
Mabrouke - Renée Dick
Zalfa - Nayef Najy
Youssef - Maher Bsaibes
Sami - Edmond Haddad
Lieutenant - Tamin El Chahal
Makram - Assad Abou Gattas

CREW

Director - Randa Chahal Sabbag
Writer - Randa Chahal Sabbag
Producer - Humbert Balsan
Cinematographer - Alain Levent
Editor - Marie-Pierre Renaud
Music - Ziad Rahbani
REVIEWS

“Sabbag’s uniquely Lebanese take on life and love in the middle of conflict has a refreshingly original appeal that crosses some formidable barriers.” -Nitrate Online

“Poignant, humorous, and exquisitely realized... a provocative and sincere portrait of the tragic absurdity of territoriality and arbitrarily imposed borders.” -Strictly Film School

“Photography in the little scene Mt. Hermon valley is beautiful and the cultural aspects educational, but the real high points come from Amira (Randa Asmar), Mabrouke (Renée Dick), and other women with their scenery chewing humor.” -CultureCartel.com

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2004
TROMSØ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GÖTEBORG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL
PHILADELPHIA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
WASHINGTON, D.C. INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2003
Silver Lion (Grand Special Jury Prize), VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Submission for Lebanon, Best Foreign Language Film, 76th Academy Awards
SÃO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WORLD FILM FESTIVAL MONTREAL
LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CASTELLINARIA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

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