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Villa Touma

Director: Suha Arraf
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Been to more than 50 international film festivals.
Received a Special Mention from the Union of Universities and Film Schools in Italy.
Reaped the Church of Iceland Award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.
The director was listed on Variety Magazine's “Top 10 Screenwriters to Watch" and earned the Best Female Award at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival.
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2014 / Palestine85 min/ Family, Romance
Original Title
Villa Touma
SYNOPSIS
The film follows a Palestinian Christian family of three women (Violette, Juliette, and Antoinette) who live by being immersed in the past, isolated from Palestinian society enclosed in Villa Touma in Ramallah. Their niece Khadija, who had been raised on an orphanage, comes to live with them and they raise her as befitting an aristocratic family. They teach her French and piano. Violette (the eldest sister) searches for a groom for her as well, so that she doesn’t end up a spinster like them.
CAST
Nisreen Faour
Ula Tabari
Cherien Dabis
Maria Zreik
CREW
Screenwriter: Suha Arraf
DOP: Yaron Scharf
Editor: Arik Leibovitch
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Production Company(ies)
Belssan
Producer(s)
Suha Arraf
film festivals
Venice International Film Festival, Italy
Palestinian Film Festival, Australia
Reel Palestine, Dubai, UAE
Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA
Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF), Sweden
DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival, USA
Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF), Canada
Sydney Film Festival, Australia
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), USA
Reykjavík International Film Festival, Iceland
MedFilm Festival, Italy
Women's International Film and Television Showcase in Los Angeles (WIFTS), USA
film awards
Special Mention by the Film University and Institute Association at the Venice International Film Festival, Italy
Church of Iceland Award at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, Iceland
Best Actress Award at the MedFilm Festival, Italy
Best Director Award at the Women's International Film and Television Showcase in Los Angeles (WIFTS), USA
Quotes
“Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma offers a world view that’s uniquely Palestinian yet very European.” Kaleem Aftab - The National

“The performance of the actresses in the film, with no exception, was impressive" Ola Sheikh - Emirates Today (Arabic)

"Digging into untold topics that no one likes to talk about," Yousef Al Shayeb - Al-Ayyam Newspaper, Palestine (Arabic)