Fiction | 90 | Development
Chentian tells the story of Nabila and Shams, two sisters who were matched to two brothers in an arranged marriage. The peaceful life the two couples enjoy, in an isolated Palestinian village, comes to an end when Nabila’s much younger husband dies just as her sexual awakening is at its peak. Without her man to satisfy her urges, and the threat of their land being confiscated, Nabila discovers her femininity and self-reliance.
Director | Writer
Suha Arraf was born in the Palestinian village of Melyia, near Lebanon. She began her filmmaking career as a documentary producer, and her latest film in this roll, Women of Hamas (2010), received 13 awards at international film festivals. Suha’s first two screenplays, The Syrian Bride (2004) and The Lemon Tree (2008), both directed by Eran Riklis, received international acclaim, with the latter winning Best Screenplay at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 2014 Suha was listed in Variety Magazine’s “Top 10 Screenwriters to Watch”.
Producer | Sweet Chili Entertainment
Copenhagen based Sofie Wanting Hassing holds a master’s in Film & Media Science. She has worked internationally with film since 2002 with a combined background of film finance, acquisition, distribution, VOD, film rights and coproduction. In 2011, she participated in the prestigious film business program Inside Pictures and recently worked on the Academy-award-winning movie IDA by Pawel Pawlikowski as Associate Producer. IDA won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and 68 other film-prizes including 5 EFA-awards and a BAFTA. IDA was sold to more than 68 countries.