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by Ben Sombogaart


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. 

original title: Rafaël
country: Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, Italy
sales agent: Intramovies
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Ben Sombogaart
film run: 105'
release date: NL 11/10/2018
screenplay: Tijs van Marle, Massimo Gaudioso, Fabio Natale
cast: Melody Klaver, Nabil Mallat, Mehdi Meskar, Nawfel Bardad-Daidj, Tine Joustra, Iwan Walhain, Antonio Scarpa, Medina Schuurman, Rabbah Besseghir, Junes Lazaar
cinematography by: Jan Moeskops
film editing: David Verdurme
art director: Ivan Veljača
costumes designer: Željka Franulović
music: Hannes De Maeyer
producer: Reinier Selen
co-producer: Hans Everaert, Dirk Impens, Sinisa Juricic, Daniele Mazzocca, Jacomien Nijhof
line producer: Ben Bouwmeester
production: Rinkel Film B.V., Menuet, EO/IKONdocs, Jaako dobra produkcija, Verdeoro
backing: Netherlands Film Fund (NL), Netherlands Film Production Incentive (NL), Flanders Audiovisual Fund (BE), Lazio Cinema International (IT)
distributor: Paradiso Filmed Entertainment Nederland
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