Palestinian cinema was showcased at the last film festival in Cannes with two productions at once. One of these was "Rana's Wedding" – an extremely poetic film. Amin Farzanefar interviewed the film's director Hany Abu-Assad
"Rana's Wedding" is less severe than Elia Suleiman's burlesque film "Divine Intervention", instead coming across as a romantic and incredibly witty screen gem. Rana has to meet a 4 p.m. deadline to find and marry her clandestine boyfriend Khalil, as well as locating a registrar and witnesses to perform the ceremony.
Otherwise, she has to leave the country with her father – or marry one of the worthy suitors on his wish list. The protagonist's rebellious race through the streets of Jerusalem and Ramallah shows the country in all its beauty, without sparing the viewers the horrors of the occupation. With its pace, deadline, and love story, Hany Abu-Assad's film recalls the German hit "Run Lola Run".
The people in Palestine can't even see your films, as there are hardly any cinemas…
Hany Abu-Assad: When we have shown Palestinians the film, they really enjoyed it, because suddenly they saw one of their own as the hero of a movie and their everyday surroundings were part of a film backdrop. This was an important experience for them.
Rana is strong and she knows what she wants. She constantly gets tangled up in situations, yet remains on track. Is she representative of today's Palestinian women?
Abu-Assad: I certainly hope so! I have to admit that she isn't what you might call your average Palestinian girl, but she also isn't just totally invented. The occupation has led Palestinian women to develop an enormous awareness of their political and social situation. We have a