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Le Cerf-volant

The Kite

by Randa Chahal Sabbag



Le Cerf-volant

Director: Randa Chahal Sabbag

Script: Randa Chahal Sabbag

Cinematographer: Alain Levent

Editor: M.P. Renaud

Art Director: S. Chauvelot

Music: Ziad Rahbani

Cast: Flavia Bechara, Maher Bsaibes, Ziad Rahbani

Production: Ognon Pictures, Ulysse Productions

Coproduction: Leil Productions, Gimages Films, Arte France Cinéma, Soread 2M

Pyramide Distribution
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75008 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2003

35 mm, Colour, 80 min
OV Arab with French Subtitles


Silver Lion, Grand Prize of the Jury, Venice Film Festival, 2003

On her wedding day, 16-year-old Lamia, is to “cross over” the rows of barbed wire separating her village from that of her cousin’s. Between the two villages lies a border ans several watchtowers. Lamia’s village is in Lebanon ; her cousin Samy’s village has been annexed by Israel. A passage is opened under control of both sides in order for newlyweds and coffins to return to their village of origin. Lamia goes to live with her in-laws, leaving behind her little brother, her school, her kite, her mother, her past. But she refuses to consummate her marriage; instead she gradually falls in love with the soldier who has been observing her since the first day.

“Born to a Lebanese father and an Iraqi mother, I have lived my entire life engulfed in conflicts. I never could escape this state of alert, this feeling of constant danger... never could escape war. With this film, I wanted to learn how to put an end to my anger”.   Randa Chahal Sabbag

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