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The Kite (Le Cerf-Volant)

The Kite (Le Cerf-Volant)
1:15:35 | 2003

Categories: Drama, Festivals, Foreign

Director Randa Chahal Sabbag's (Sandscreens, A Civilized People) THE KITE (LE CERF-VOLANT) is a refreshingly original fairytale for troubled times. Sixteen-year-old Lamia must cross a border checkpoint between Lebanon and Israel to marry a cousin she has never met. Neither she, nor her betrothed, are eager to consummate a marriage to a virtual stranger. The situation is further complicated by Lamia's surprising admission that she is also in love with the Israeli soldier guarding the border between the two countries. 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. "Poignant, humorous, and exquisitely realized.... A provocative and sincere portrait of the tragic absurdity of territoriality and arbitrarily imposed borders." —Strictly Film School. Lebanon’s Official Submission to the 2003 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Winner of a Special Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Venice Film Festival, THE KITE (LE CERF-VOLANT) is presented in Arabic with English subtitles. This film is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative.

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