The Kite (Le Cerf-Volant)

76mins2003ForeignTVPG
A refreshingly original fairytale, Randa Chahal Sabbag's THE KITE follows sixteen-year-old Lamia - who 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. Sabbag's enchanting drama about marriage and tradition is underscored by delicate symbolism and artful references to politics of Lebanon's annexed territories. Lebanon's Official Submission to the 2003 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, THE KITE is a selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative.
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