Oualid Mouaness | Lebanon, Qatar, France, Norway | 2019 | 100'
Beruit, June 1982. Wassim is taking the examination at the end of primary school. It seems a day like all the others, spent playing with his friends and yearnings of young love. Slowly, though, everything is transformed: Wassim and his friends are the powerless spectators of the start of a war. What is to be done if every certainty, including those of adults, vacillates? The israeli occupation of Lebanon, seen through the innocent eyes of a young boy.
Nadine Labaki, Mohamad Dalli, Rodrigue Sleiman, Aliya Khalidi, Ghassan Maalouf, Gia Madi, Lelya Harkous, Said Serhan, Zeina Saab de Melero, Joseph Azoury
Tricycle Logic, Abbout Productions, Mad Dog Films
Brian Rigney Hubbard
Jad Dani Ali Hassan, Sabine El Gemayel
NETPAC Award (Toronto International Film Festival 2019), FIPRESCI International Critics Prize (El Gouna Film Festival 2019), Youth Audience Award (Cinemed Montpellier 2019), Snow Leopard audience award (Asian World Film Festival 2019), Best Feature Film (Aiyal Film Festival 2019), Best Children’s Picture (Hainan Island International Film Festival 2019)
Oualid Mouaness was born in Liberia and grew up in Lebanon. He is a producer, screenwriter and director. He graduated in directing and screenwriting from Florida State University and made his directing debut with the short films Saint in the Sun (2002) and The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf, and the Boy (2016), the latter shortlisted for an Oscar in 2017. He produces documentaries, including Paris, Not France (about Paris Hilton), selected by the Toronto Film Festival in 2008, and music videos for David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Lana Del Rey and Justin Timberlake. 1982, his first feature film as a director, had its world premiere in Toronto in 2019.
2019 – 1982, ff
2016 – The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf, and the Boy, sf
2002 – Saint in the Sun, sf