Directed by Wissam Charaf
Hani has just been released from prison and returns to his hometown Dhour El Choueir, which was at the frontlines during the Lebanese Civil War. Once there, he finds the family home abandoned and partially destroyed. His parents fled, but he decides to stick around, visiting residents who remained and hanging out in trees eating fruit. Eventually, he stumbles on a young woman who is about to commit suicide…
Born in Lebanon in 1973, Wissam Charaf has lived in Paris since 1998. In 2012, he shot the documentary IT’S ALL IN LEBANON. He has also written several short films including HIZZ YA WIZZ (2004), A HERO NEVER DIES (2007), and THE ANTS’ ARMY (2007), and more recently, the short film AFTER which he likewise directed. In 2016, he presented his first feature film, HEAVEN SENT at the Cannes Film Festival.
96 minsThree daring films from the Arab World that span across the Maghreb, the Levant, and the Gulf that push the boundaries of narrative storytelling towards more experimental considerations of visuality, performance, and genre. Moving through the registers of magical realism, absurdist psychodrama, and feminist monster movie horror, this selection will test the viewer's powers of perception while leaving room for shocking, even if, strange surprises.