Lebanon Factory

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    Lebanon Factory

    Directed by

    • Ahmad Ghossein, Lucie La Chimia, Shirin Abu Shaqra, Manuel Maria Perrone, Una Gunjak, Rami Kodeih, Mounia Akl, Neto Villalobos

    Lebanon

    2017

    70 min

    • Arabic

    Fiction

    After Taipei Factory in 2013, Nordic Factory in 2014, Chile Factory in 2015 and South Africa Factory in 2016, the Directors’ Fortnight and Fondation Liban Cinema join to continue the adventure this coming year with Lebanon Factory. This Factory is co-produced by Myriam Sassine & Georges Schoucair (Abbout Productions – Lebanon) and Dominique Welinski (DW – France). The Factory aims at the emergence of new talents on the international scene, allowing young filmmakers, Lebanese and international, to meet and create together. We are proud to present the result of these collaborations, four short films of 15 minutes each, co-directed by four tandems of young directors. WHITE NOISE (Ahmad Ghossein, Lucie La Chima)
    Said is doing his first night of duty as a security guard under the bridge in the middle of Beirut. With only a walkie-talkie and a torch, he is trying to take his job seriously. At sunrise, the city will have crushed him... HOTEL AL NAIM (Shirin Abu Shaqra, Manuel Maria Perrone)
    The octopus believes that the hand in front of it is a prey, but it doesn't know that behind every hand, there is an arm... SALAMAT FROM GERMANY (Una Gunjak, Rami Kodeih)
    Desperate to escape Lebanon and settle in Europe, Lillo buys himself a Syrian passport and is ready to appropriate the Syrian identity to obtain asylum. However, what he might not be ready for yet, is everything that comes along with being a Syrian refugee today. EL GRAN LIBANO (Mounia Akl, Neto Villalobos)
    When hungover Bassem wakes up by the lake shore among his dead fishes, his sister Youmna, who he hasn't seen for 12 years, is there, with a coffin.

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    Cast
    Said Serhan
    Mia Habis
    Reslan Al Kara
    Nizar Nassar
    Toni Kenaan / Sami Hamdan
    Ahmad Kaabour
    Walid El Mounla
    Hovsep Telessemian / Elie Njeim
    Shady Azraee
    Abdallah Jatal / Souraya Baghdadi
    Georges Diab
    Alexandra Kahwaji
    Joseph Chemaly
    Muheiddine El Kara
    Cinematography
    Shady Chaaban / Talal Khoury / Karim Ghorayeb / Joe Saade
    Editing
    Nadia Ben Rachid / Perla Kherlakian / Maria Malek / Marcello D'Aloisio
    Production
    DOMINIQUE WELINSKI
    Shirin Abu Shaqra

    Shirin Abu Shaqra

    Lebanon

    Shirin Abu Shaqra received her MFA with honors in 2010 from Le Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts in France. Before entering the artistic field, she studied History and Political Science at Saint-Joseph University Beirut. She worked for a decade as archivist, librarian and researcher, publishing several academic articles. In her artwork, she uses History for its collective memory, music for its Dionysian effect, and animation for its distanced wit. Thematically, exile and disembodiment are omnipresent elements, love and kinship a constant concern. Her filmography includes: WHAT HAPPENS TO A DISPLACED ANT? (2017), SULAYMA (2014), CONVERSATIONS WITH CHANGES (2010), HOLD ON MY GLAMOROUS (2009), WALKING DISTANCE (2008), SABRA'S BARRELS (2007). In 2017 she took part in the Lebanon Factory, which includes four short films to create one feature to open the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Festival.

    Ahmad Ghossein

    Ahmad Ghossein

    Lebanon

    Ahmad Ghossein born in Beirut in 1981, is a Filmmaker and video artist. He graduated from the National Academy of Art in Oslo. He won the Best Director Prize at the Beirut Int. Film Festival 2004 for his short film OPERATION NB. His short film MY FATHER IS STILL A COMMUNIST, commissioned by Sharja Art Foundation 2011, won Best short film award in Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2011. Ahmad has directed several documentaries, short films and videos. Other works include: 210m (2007) commissioned by Ashkal Alwan, FACES APPLAUDING ALONE (2008), WHAT DOES NOT RESEMBLE ME LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE ME (2009) with Ghassan Salhab and Mohamad Soueid, AN ARAB COMES TO TOWN (2008), a documentary shot in Denmark. THE FOURTH STAGE (2015) opened Forum Expanded at Berlinale. His work has been screened in different museums, galleries and film festivals around the world. To mention a few: MoMa, Kunsthallen, Berlinale, FID, SeMa Biennale and more. In 2017 he took part in the Lebanon Factory, which includes four short films to create one feature to open the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Festival.

    Selected Filmography

    Neto Villalobos

    Neto Villalobos

    Costa Rica

    Neto Villalobos was born in San José, Costa Rica. He graduated in Sociology from the University of Costa Rica, and Film Direction in Barcelona. He has participated in “How to Tell a Story?” by Gabriel García Márquez, XL Rotterdam Lab and Berlinale and Buenos Aires Talent Campus. His first feature ALL ABOUT FEATHERS was premiered in Toronto, San Sebastian, Buenos Aires, Rotterdam, Miami, San Francisco, Toulouse, Vancouver, Stockholm, Havana, Frankfurt, Sydney and won Best Central American Film and Best Director in Guatemala and Best Script in Colombia. LEBANON FACTORY, his most recent short film, was part of The Factory, opening the Director's Fortnight at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. He is currently working on JAMON, an experimental documentary supported by Tribeca Film Institute. HELMET HEADS is his 2nd feature film that was part of Cannes Cinéfondation Residence, 3 Puertos, Paris Coproduction Village, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Produire au Sud and Toulouse, where it won the Cinema Development – BrLab Award.

    Selected Filmography

    Una Gunjak

    Una Gunjak

    Bosnia & Herzegovina

    Born and raised in Sarajevo, Una Gunjack now lives and works in London, where years ago she graduated from The National Film and TV School with an MA in Editing. Before that, she’d studied Film Studies in Torino, in Italy, directed a few commercials, and worked full-time as editor cutting films that have travelled world’s most prestigious festivals, gaining numerous awards, including a BAFTA nomination and an award for Best Editing. Her short film THE CHICKEN premiered at the 53rd Semaine de la Critique, Cannes.

    Selected Filmography

    Rami Kodeih

    Rami Kodeih

    Lebanon

    Director/writer Rami Kodeih (born in 1983) completed his bachelor and master's degrees in filmmaking from Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts as the second person in the school's to graduate summa cum laude with his thesis film A SHEHERAZADE TALE (official selection at Clermond-Ferrand ISFF in 2008; Best Arab Film at the 2007 Jordan SFF). He also wrote and directed a second short film, THE MILL (Namur FF 2010; Second Prize at the 2010 Lebanese FF; Short Film Corner at the 2010 Cannes IFF). Rami directs documentaries for Al Jazeera and corporate films for several agencies including Leo Burnett. Most recently, he directed the feature-length documentary WHEELS OF WAR (2015). In 2017 he took part in the Lebanon Factory, which includes four short films to create one feature to open the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Festival.

    Selected Filmography

    Lucie La Chimia

    Lucie La Chimia

    France

    Lucie La Chimia was born in 1991 in eastern France. She graduated in animation at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and did a school exchange in film and videos studies at the School of Visual Arts NYC. Her first film, Les Macaronis is a short-animated documentary talking about the immigration of her Italian family in France, in the early 60’s. She created a surrealist mood using vintages pictures, graphic patterns, and dark humor. It has been screening in several festivals and events (Cartoon Festival, Croq’anim, Le Carrefour de l’Animation, Châlon tout court, Le Festival du Film de Famille, Poitier Film Festival, La Nuit blanche des Inrocks, la Cité de l’immigration). In 2017 she took part in the Lebanon Factory, which includes four short films to create one feature to open the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Festival.

    Manuel Maria Perrone

    Manuel Maria Perrone

    Switzerland

    Manuel Maria Perrone was born in 1981 in Bellinzona, Switzerland. Italian and Swiss, Manuel is a film and stage director, poet and actor. Trained in the theaters, he started his career in the streets, which took him to Argentina where he lived for 5 years, exploring the world of masks and objects. He came to cinema by chance. He had a project with a group of old women which led him to a change of language from theater to cinema, for suiting the lack of memory and group energy. Afterwards, he settled down in France, and went on with cinema, while keeping a foot on stage. In 2011, he did a Writing residence with G.R.E.C. in Nice. Since 2011, he’s the artistic director of Cappuccino Long Street Film Festival (7 editions, 350 Films). Since 2013, he works with the Agency of Error, a cinema troupe. In 2015, he was part of the Filmmaker Academy at Locarno Film Festival. In 2017 he took part in the Lebanon Factory, which includes four short films to create one feature to open the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Festival.

    Mounia Akl

    Mounia Akl

    Lebanon

    Mounia earned an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. In 2016, her awarded short film SUBMARINE premiered at the Cannes Cinéfondation and was selected, among others, in Competition in Toronto and Dubai. She took part in the Lebanon Factory, which opened the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2017. Her debut feature COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON was selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence 2018.