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Rana, a young Palestinian girl, runs away from her father's house to marry her true love Khalil. But she finds that getting married the same day, before her father's catches her with her, isn't easy at all.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2003 12:05 IST

Palestine, 2002
Director: Hany Abu-Assad

A romantic drama set just before the Israeli army moved into Palestinian territories. Rana, a young Palestinian woman, sneaks out of her father’s house at daybreak to find her true love, Khalil.

Her father intends to take her to Egypt that day, to separate her from this man, and choose instead a husband from the list of men proposed by him. She wants to stay in East Jerusalem with her boy friend and now has only10 hours to find him in the chaotic and occupied city, to make preparations for her wedding and confront her father with a fait accompli.

We follow her as she wanders through the city, and get a sense of her fears and doubts in this bizarre war-like situation and in her attempts to get married that very day.

Linda Badr and Ihab Lamey

Brigit Hillenius

Denise Janzée

Mariecke van der Linden, Bashar Abd’Rabbou

Principal cast:
Clara Khoury, Khalifa Natour, Ismael Dabbagh, Walid Abed Elsalam

Bero Beyer, George Ibrahim
35mm / colour / 90 mins.

Director's bio-note:
Hany Abu-Assad worked an aeronautical engineer in the Netherlands before entering the world of cinema as a producer. He wrote and directed his first short film, the award-winning Paper House, in 1992. Curfew, a film he produced, received high critical acclaim, while Nazareth 2000 was a documentary on the turmoil in a divided city and on its quarrelling inhabitants. Rana’s Wedding was made with the support of the Palestinian Film Foundation of the Ministry of Culture of the Palestinian National Authority.

First Published: Jul 17, 2003 16:16 IST