Inspired by a true story.
The Arab Spring forces Tunisian Nazir, married to the pregnant Dutch hairdresser 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, borders and even prison walls.
A part of the budget of the film was succesfully crowdfunded with our Oneplanetcrowd campaign.
Dutch, English, Italian, Arabic
Tijs van Marle
Melody Klaver, Nabil Mallat, Mehdi Meskar, Medina Schuurman, Claude Musungayi, Sandro di Stefano, Antonio Scarpa
Menuet (BE), Jaako Dobra Produkcija (HR), EO (NL), Verdeoro (IT)
Netherlands Film Fund, NFPI, CoBO, Oneplanetcrowd, HAVC (HR), Flemish Audiovisual Fund (BE), MIBACT (IT), Belgian Tax Shelter (BE), EO, Creative Europe MEDIA, EZEF
Paradiso Filmed Entertainment
International Film Festival Pula – Golden Arena for Best Film
International de Film de Bruxelles – Grand Prix Du Festival
Netherlands Film Festival – Golden Calf Award for Best Actress
International Film Festival in Agadir – Grand Prix and Best Actor