EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|RANA'S WEDDING (aka: ANOTHER DAY IN JERUSALEM) (director: Hany Abu-Assad; screenwriters: Liana Badr/Ihab Lamey; cinematographer: Brigit Hillenius; editor: Denise Jansee; music: Bashar Abd Rabbou/Mariecke van der Linden; cast: Clara Khoury (Rana), Khalifa Natour (Khalil), Ismael Dabbag (Ramzy), Walid Abed Elsalam (Marriage Official), Zuher Fahoum (Abu Siad, Rana's father), Bushra Karaman (Rana's grandmother); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Bero Beyer/George Ibrahim; Arab Film Distribution; 2002-Palestine-in Arabic with English subtitles)|
|"What's interesting are the
shots of daily life in East Jerusalem and how it's
seen through the eyes of the Arab heroine."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A less than rosy outlook at the Israeli occupation of the Palestine territories, as directed by Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad ("Paradise Now"/"Ford Transit"). It's written by Liana Badr and Ihab Lamey.
It chronicles the
predicament of the feisty 17-year-old Rana (Clara Khoury), who lives with her
wealthy parents in occupied East Jerusalem. Her father
Abu Siad (Zuher Fahoum)
is moving to Cairo and has given her a choice,
she can stay home and
choose from a list of potential husbands selected by
her father or she can travel to Egypt with her father
to finish her studies. The headstrong Rana is in love
director Khalil (Khalifa Natour), a Palestinian who runs a
theater in Ramalla, and wishes to make her own
choice--so she chooses to marry Khalil.
Rana must unite with the free-spirited artistic
Khalil before the 4 P.M. deadline, but the groom is
unable to reach Jerusalem that night because of a
bombing. They meet the next day and locate a registrar
who they must convince to marry them. They also must
convince her father that Khalil's the right choice
rather than the good-provider young professional men
he has chosen. There's gridlock in Jerusalem due to
the roadblocks, closed borders, rock throwing
Palestinian youths and the rigid Israeli authorities
and their power plays, as the wedding story becomes an
obvious metaphor for the hardship of life for those
Palestinians who live in an occupied land. That the
wedding does take place at the last minute despite
both irritating and harrowing hassles, becomes a sign
of hope--even if the wedding is held in a car on the
The slight story is
eloquently told. What's interesting are the shots of
daily life in East Jerusalem and how it's seen through
the eyes of the Arab heroine. Some of the film's
grimness is removed by its unsettling comical moments
and the sympathy laid on the earnest sweet young
couple as the hope for a better future. Its final words, said over the
credits, are from "State of Siege," a militant poem by
Mahmoud Darwish, that calls for ongoing Palestinian
resistance and faith in the future.
It was shot on location in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and at checkpoints in-between.
REVIEWED ON 7/30/2011 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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