Focus Lebanon (75′)

The Lebanese Film Festival – “LFF” is preparing its 14th edition in 2019. This film festival, held in Beirut, was created in 2001, by Pierre Sarraf and Nadim Tabet, who run it during 10 years. From 2011 to 2015, the festival was organized jointly by “Ne a Beyrouth Films” (a Beirut-based production house) and “Bande a Part Productions” (a non-trading company), and is currently managed by its new director Wafa’a Celine Halawi, since 2015. The goal of this festival is to offer a privileged tribune for Lebanese directors in order to help them show their work and meet with their audience, but also promote and encourage production initiatives in Lebanon. This year, the festival carried on with its four prizes: “Best fiction”, “Best documentary”, “Best first film”, and “Best experimental film”. The main section of the program is based on a selection of the best of Lebanese film productions, about fifty films.


Dania Bdeir, Lebanon, 2017, 15’, fiction


Her father’s funeral brings Lara back, from her modern life in NYC, to Beirut, forcing her to face the traditions she escaped and to introduce the untraditional fiancée she’s been hiding.


Chadi Aoun, Lebanon, 2016, 15’, animation fiction


Silence is the only sound. In the city of Ghabra, the price of any form of expression is death. Yet some remaining free souls have decided to dance for life. “Silence” is the introduction to a dysfunctional society that is about to implode.


Marwan Khneisser, Lebanon, France, 2017, 24’, fiction


A group of carefree revelers reunite in an ancient and remote seaside villa, for a day. This is the opportunity for Nabil and his wife, Mira, keepers of the place, to come face to face with an old acquaintance: Walid, leader of the group. Their encounter rekindles memories of a bitter and violent past. But it won’t take long for Nabil’s, Mira’s and Sayed Walid’s common past to catch up with them and disrupt the day’s festivities…


Mounia Akl, Lebanon, USA, 2016, 21’, fiction


Under the imminent threat of Lebanon’s garbage crisis, Hala, a wild child inside of a woman, is the only one to refuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home.