The Lebanese Film Festival is a great platform that enables directors to meet with producers, industry professionals, special foreign guests, the media and the public. During the festival, filmmakers, industry professionals and movie-lovers will be united by the same desire: to promote the Lebanese cinematic arts and to encourage production initiatives in Lebanon.
Thanks to Benjamin & Khoury Solicitors and Attorneys, proud Gold sponsors to The Lebanese Film Festival. I had a such a great time at the opening night I went back to watch a few other films. Here is a quick summary:
Director: Hadi Ghandour
Adnan, a travel agent in a small Lebanese village, has always dreamed of travelling the world but never had the chance to leave his country.
Married with a child, he lives with this fantasy until the day his boss sends him to Paris for business. And so Adnan’s dream begins. While there he meets Layla, his young and attractive second cousin who lives alone with her mother, Insaf.
Troubled by his infatuation to Layla and by the hustle and bustle of the City of Lights, Adnan begins to question everything in his life, to the point of forgetting his values, identity and family. Lost in his dream, will Adnan wake up in time, or will he risk losing it all?
Director: Vatche Boulghourjian
Rabih, a young blind man, lives in a small village in Lebanon. He sings in a choir and edits Braille documents for an income.
His life unravels when he tries to apply for a passport and discovers that his identification card, which he has carried his entire life, is a forgery. Traveling to rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth, he meets people on the far fringes of society who tell their own stories, open further questions and give Rabih minor clues about his true identity.
Descending into a void at the heart of his existence, Rabih encounters a nation incapable of telling his or its own narrative.
Director: Sophie Boutros
Therese is the wife of a mayor of a small village in Lebanon. The highly anticipated visit of the family of her daughter’s suitor causes much excitement in her life.
Therese’s brother, who was killed by a Syrian explosion 20 years ago, still features heavily in the family’s home and looms large through photographs all around the house. Unable to contain her joy, Therese even shares her happiness with her deceased brother – through his photographs – until she discovers that her long-awaited guests are from Syria.
Ila Ayn (Retrospective)
Director: Georges Nasser
A family lives poorly in a village in the Lebanese mountain.
One day, the father abandons his family and leaves for Brazil, considered as an Eldorado by a great number of his compatriots. Twenty years pass. The mother raises her children with great difficulty. The elder has a family and the younger one is getting ready to immigrate to Brazil. One day a ragged old man arrives in the village.
Nobody recognises him, not even his son, to whom he gives his blood to save him.
The festival will run over four months from 25 August – 9 December across the country.
Sydney: 25 August – 9 September 2017
Newcastle: 7 October 2017
Adelaide: 21 October 2017
Southern Highlands: 9 December 2017
The quality of short films remains fantastic. Gives a great insight into Lebanese cultural both in comedy and drama genres.