The Arab Spring forces Tunisian Nazir, who is married to the pregnant Dutch Kimmy, to escape to Europe. But he ends up in Lampedusa, imprisoned as an illegal refugee.
Rafaël is a romantic drama about two lovers giving everything they have, just to be reunited for the birth of their son Rafaël. It is a suspenseful story about borders, dreams, perseverance and love-transcending bureaucracy - and about living within prison walls.
99’ / colour
Genre: drama, romantic drama
Original title: RAFAËL
Dir: Ben Sombogaart
Prod: Rinkel Film (NL) - Reinier Selen
Co-prod: EO (NL), Menuet (BE), Jaako Dobra Produkcija (HR)
Sc: Tijs van Marle, Massimo Gaudioso
D.O.P.: Jan Moeskops
Completed: September 2018
Language: Dutch, English, Arabic, French, Italian
Cast: Melody Klaver (WINTER IN WARTIME, BRASSERIE VALENTINE), Nabil Mallat (IMAGE, CORDON), Mehdi Meskar (THE SECRET OF ELISE, WOKE), Medina Schuurman (BLACK WIDOW, CELBLOK H).
Cairo International Film Festival
Kosmorama - Trondheim International Film Festival
Bari International Film Festival - International Panorama Competition
a.o. IN MY FATHER’S GARDEN (2016, feature), TO BE KING (2012, feature), ISABELLE (2011, feature)
THE STORM (2009, feature), BRIDE FLIGHT (2008, feature), CRUSADE IN JEANS (2006, feature) Awards: a.o Golden Calf Best Film Netherlands FF, TWIN SISTERS (2002, feature) Awards: a.o. Golden Calf Best Film Netherlands FF, Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language Film.
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