Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Villa Touma

Year: 2014
Run Time: 85 minutes

Villa Touma
Villa Touma
Villa Touma
Villa Touma

At 18 years old, Badia Touma can no longer reside in the orphanage where she spent her childhood. Instead, she is off to live in a villa in Ramallah with her three reclusive aunts, Juliette, Violette, and Antoinette. Devout Christians, the three women have always disapproved of Badia, whose deceased mother was Muslim. With hopes of ridding themselves of Badia as soon as possible, the aunts set out to find their niece a husband. Abiding by old-fashioned ideas of courtship and aristocracy, they insist Badia learn to speak French, take piano lessons, and practice proper etiquette. Then they parade her around at just about any Christian function, from weddings to tea parties to funerals. Yet love isn’t easy to come by in their small social circle—as the three jilted aunts know firsthand—and Badia seems destined to relive the misfortunes of her elders. Oppressive social, religious, and political tensions converge in Suha Arraf’s absorbing family drama VILLA TOUMA. (In Arabic with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 8:30 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 9:55 PM

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 11:40 AM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Women of the World

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Suha Arraf

Born in Mi'ilyia, Palestine, Suha Arraf is the critically acclaimed and award-winning screenwriter of "The Syrian Bride" (2004) and "Lemon Tree" (2008)-33rd CIFF. She has produced and directed documentary and narrative feature films.

"Women of Hamas" (2010), VILLA TOUMA (2014)

Suha Arraf

Suha Arraf

Yaron Scharf

Arik Lahav

Principal Cast
Maria Zreik, Nisreen Faour, Cherien Dabis, Ula Tabari

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