2003. Lebanon/France. Randa Chahal Sabbag. 80 min.
Friday, January 18, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2003. Lebanon/France. Directed by Randa Chahal Sabbag. With Flavia Béchara, Ziad Rahbani, Randa Asmar. A high-profile release that won prizes at several festivals and was Lebanon's Academy Award entry in 2004, The Kite is rich in subtly rendered comedy and tragedy. With a melancholy mood heightened by its poetic widescreen compositions, the film tells the story of a young woman married off to a stranger in spite of her love for another. This family drama is played out on a politically tense, highly public stage—the Druze community in which it takes place is divided by the Lebanon-Israel border, where people on either side communicate by yelling through loudspeakers. In Arabic; English subtitles. 80 min.