Lebanese Film Fund
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2022/2023

Lebanese Film Fund

As part of its ongoing efforts to bolster the film industry in Lebanon, the second part of the initiative of Fondation Liban Cinema was to launch, with the financial support of the European Union, a one-time exceptional fund to support feature film projects. With a total value of 72,000 euros,

the fund aimed to provide a much-needed boost to films that require additional support to get made. Following a rigorous evaluation process by an independent selection committee, 9 film projects out of 28 submissions were selected for funding. The grants, ranging from 5,000 euros to 15,000 euros, were awarded to a diverse group of filmmakers, including established and first-time filmmakers, documentary and fiction filmmakers, and projects in various stages of production or post-production.

 This initiative represents a significant opportunity for the selected filmmakers to advance their projects and bring their visions to life. It also reflects the commitment of the Fondation Liban Cinema and the European Union to support the development of the film industry in Lebanon and foster a vibrant and diverse creative community.

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Album

Director’s name: Omar Gabriel
Producer’s name: Cyril Bassil
Production Company: CB Pictures, Le Marchand de Rêves
Stage of the film: Post-production
Genre: Documentary, musical, drama
Country of production: Lebanon

Film Synopsis:

Omar, a queer man, drives his mother in the streets of Beirut, asking her questions about homosexuality, religion, unconditional love and their relationship. In parallel, he interviews Nicole, a sexually fluid woman and Ameen, a non-binary person about their coming out stories and their current relationships with their mothers. Through these conversations, Omar finds the courage to come out to his mother which allows them to reconcile after years of estrangement and distance.

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Do You Love Me?

Director’s name: Lana Daher
Producer’s name: Lana Daher (Lebanon); Jasper Mielke (WoodWater Films, Germany)
Production Company: Wood Water Films
Stage of the film: production
Genre: Creative Documentary
Country of production: Lebanon, Germany

Film Synopsis:

“DO YOU LOVE ME?” is Lana Daher’s personal journey through the fractured historical, social, cultural, and political landscapes of Beirut. Using mainly archive footage, the film is a lively collage that delves into themes of memory and amnesia, weaving together the past and the present in a quest to better understand Lebanon’s history and current status today.

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Embodied Chorus

Director’s name: Danielle Davie - Mohamad Sabbah
Producer’s name: Julia Wagner - Yara Abi Nader
Production Company: madame le tapis (LEB) and HEARTWAKE films (GER)
Coproducers: Hélène Walland & Christian Neuman, Wild Fang Films (LUX) Stage of the film: Complete
Genre: Hybrid Documentary
Country of production: Lebanon - Germany - Luxembourg Director’s name: Producer’s name: Production Company: Coproducers: Hélène Walland & Christian Neuman, Wild Fang Films (LUX) Stage of the film: Genre: Countries of production: Lebanon

Film Synopsis:

A strange mass occupied his body. She took the camera and filmed herself. Bodies tell stories of sex and infections. They speak out loud that they usually whisper.

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It’s a Sad and
Beautiful World

Director’s name: Cyril Aris
Producer’s name: Georges Schoucair
Production Company: Abbout Productions
Coproducers: Julie Viez, Jen Blake, April Shih, Katharina Weser, Georg Neubert
Stage of the film: Development / Financing
Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
Countries of production: Lebanon, USA, Germany, France

Film Synopsis:

In this cosmic romance set in Beirut, two star-crossed lovers, one an eternal optimist and the other an impulsive pragmatist, must decide if they want to build a family and chart a track to happiness, despite the tragic fates ravaging contemporary Lebanon.

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Gebran Khalil Gebran, Pity the Nation

Director’s name: Hady Zaccack
Producer’s name: Gabriel Chamoun
Production Company: The Talkies
Coproducer: Visionaire Media (US)
Stage of the film: In development
Genre: Creative documentary
Country of production: Lebanon

Film Synopsis:

In this creative documentary, we will bring Gibran back to life, by asking an actor to play his role. We will discover him through reenacted interviews done by the director, breaking the fourth wall and revealing the process of creating a biography. The interaction between the actor and the technical crew, the replica of his studio, the actors’ appearances on stage and the animated paintings as well as exploring the different settings which inspired the work of Gibran. Across his writings, it seems the author is exploring the Lebanon of today going from one existential crisis to another, and above all, this materialistic world where human values are fading away. What can this portrait tell us or not tell us about Gibran’s writings and paintings? How can this very reserved man reveal his own world to us? Women from his life, fictional characters, drawn figures and excerpts from his books and paintings will join him to get… Inside Gibran Kahlil Gibran.

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Diaries From Lebanon

Director’s name: Myriam El Hajj
Producer’s name: Myriam Sassine
Production Company: Abbout Productions
Coproducers: Carine Ruszniewski (Go Go Go Films)
Stage of the film: In post-production
Genre: Feature Documentary
Countries of production: Lebanon, France, Qatar, KSA

Film Synopsis:

Using weapons, voting booths, or the streets of Beirut. These are the choices of Georges, Joumana, and Perla. Three intersecting destinies, three generations, and the same desire to change a sick country: Lebanon. As various crises unfold, they are faced with a dilemma: Save the world or save their skins?

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The Day of Wrath:
tales from Tripoli

Director’s name: Rania Rafei
Producer’s name: Jinane Dagher
Production Company: Orjouane Production
Stage of the film: Pre-production
Genre: Hybrid film
Country of production: Lebanon

Film Synopsis:

The Day of Wrath: tales from Tripoli” is a hybrid film mixing fiction and documentary to shed the light on five moments of uprising during different historical eras of the city of Tripoli (Lebanon). Through these events, the film attempts to reflect on the transformations that have shaped the city.

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Trip to jerusalem

Director’s name: Michel and Gaby Zarazir
Co-producer: Easy Riders FIlms
Production Company: Orjouane Production
Stage of the film: Financing
Genre: Comedy
Country of production: Lebanon and France

Film Synopsis:

1941 – Far away from the barbarity of the War, in Lebanon. Following a Sunday lunch that goes sour, Matile, mother of eleven, imposes her laws on both the General of the French Mandate and the Head of the Church, by shaking the established customs.

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Under Construction

Director’s name: Nadim Tabet
Producer’s name: Georges Schoucair
Production Company: Abbout Productions
Co-producers: Arnaud Dommerc (andolfi), Ingrid Lill Høgtun (Barentsfilm), Eileen Tasca (Alien Films)
Stage of the film: In pre-production
Genre: Feature Film
Countries of production: Lebanon, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar, KSA

Film Synopsis:

Strange events in a construction site create tension between the Syrian workers and the Lebanese villagers. One worker becomes convinced that the site is haunted