On the Edge of Narrative
Three 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.
In This Program
Wissam Charaf / France, Lebanon / 2016 / 30 minsHani 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...
Damien Ounouri / Algeria, Kuwait, USA / 2016 / 40 minsDuring a beach outing with her family, a young mother is drowned by a group of men while swimming offshore. Anxiety and fear take hold of her family as well as the townspeople, especially as, soon after, other swimmers mysteriously start to die. Screened at Cannes' Directors Fortnight, 2016.
Yaser Al Neyadi / UAE / 2016 / 26 minsSecrets... desires... obsessions. We all have them. But sometimes things get a little. Weird.