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Villa Touma

2014, 85′
Screenplay: Suha Arraf
Cinematography: Yaron Scharf
Editing: Arik Lahav-Leibovich
Sound: Boaz Schory Gil Toren
Production: Suha Arraf
Cast: Nisreen Faour, Ula Tabari


Three unmarried aristocratic Christian sisters from Ramallah are unable to come to terms with the new reality of the mass migration of Palestine’s aristocracy. In order to survive, they have locked themselves away in their villa clinging desperately to their former glory, until their orphan niece, Badia, walks into their life and turns their world upside down. The sisters see it as their mission to preserve the family name by trying to marry her off to an eligible aristocratic Christian man. Will dragging Badia to every church event result in them finding a good husband for her?

Suha_Arraf-headshot[L]SUHA ARRAF
Suha Arraf was born in the Palestinian village of Melyia, near Lebanon. She began her filmmaking career as documentary producer. Her latest one, Women of Hamas (2010), received 13 awards at international film festivals. Suha’s first two screenplays, The Syrian Bride (2004) and Lemon Tree (2008), both directed by Eran Riklis, received international acclaim, with the latter winning Best Screenplay at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and a Best Screenplay nomination at the European Film Academy Awards.