Bou Chaaya’s first feature film is about three coke-smuggling brothers coerced into a dangerous situation. The dark comedy is a new genre for Lebanese cinema. The film was adapted from Bou Chaaya’s award-winning short, Filmmakers.
Ely Dagher’s Waves ’98 – which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival – is set to screen at Short Cuts Programme this Sunday, September 20th. The short animation depicts life in a dreary, dystopian Beirut and will show alongside five other films about life, hardship, and fantastical visions. This will be one of many festival screenings for the young Lebanese director since his victory at Cannes.
Danielle Arbid’s fifth feature film “Parisienne” tells the story of young Lina, finding herself alone in the parisian capital for the first time. This semi-autobiographical drama will be shown in the Contemporary World Cinema section on September 12th.
And finally, renowned Palestinian documentary director Mai Masri will be screening her first fiction film, 3000 Nights, this Saturday, September 19th in the Contemporary World Cinema section. The film, a metaphor for Occupied Palestine, highlights the life of a young Palestinian woman in an Israeli prison who discovers she is pregnant just as the inmates stage a mutiny against the administration.
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival will be held from 10 – 20 September, 2015, and is one of the world’s foremost film festivals.
Former festival editions have featured: Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab with his 2014 film, The Valley; Joanna Hadji-Thomas and Khalil Jreije’s with Lebanese Rocket Society (2012); and Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now? (2011), which won the People’s Choice Award.