This short documentary was supported by Cinema al Fouad.
I felt the urge to shoot it after taking Mohammad Shawky's course "Queer archives and archiving queers".
In Agate Mousse, characters die and come back to life, others struggle to quit a community then feel eaten alive by nostalgia, some take the choice to leave the city to reconnect with nature and their craft. Everyone is looking for an answer, for a way out. In its own way, in both form and content, this film is a vision of the future before its time and a reminder of the essential light one should never forget during the darkest days. It is an ode to life, an exploration of death and rebirth.
"This Little Father Obsession explores existential questions while probing the intimacy of a family with courage , intelligence and humor, eloquently laced with fictional sequences. A refreshingly original, disarmingly honest and profound interrogation of the hold of patriarchy in contemporary Lebanese society."
This is my first personal creative documentary. A third year project in my bachelor studies under the supervision of Eliane Raheb, this film allowed me to tackle a family secret.
This film is a result of an exchange with the Danish Film School. It speaks of love and feelings of estrangement.
Somewhere between fantasy and reality, a date gone wrong...
"+" is the first film of a tetralogy reflecting upon the major four mathematical operations. The first one's original title was "The God project".
A mysterious woman named Carole comes back from Cuba to live in her recently deceased aunt's room in Beirut.
Selim Mourad is dead. His close friend, actress Carole Abboud, decides to direct a movie based on a film script Selim was working on and in which he was retelling the story of his conception.
" [...] Entre la performance et l’essai cinématographique, Linceul nous plonge dans un espace sensuel où les canons de la beauté classique sont remis en question. Des corps tracent des mouvements impossibles dans une bulle intemporelle, où il est question de chair, de poésie, de peau. Une réponse, peut-être, aux conflits qui se tiennent à l’extérieur de ce microcosme charnel désigné par le film. Dehors, un nouveau califat est bâti. La frontière qui sépare l’intérieur de l’extérieur est ici une blessure perpétuelle et inguérissable."
Elena López Riera
Poster by Zeina Bassil
"This is a cinematic essay tackling the nude, the sequel to "Linceul" presented in Visions du Réel in 2018. Three years after the first one, some of the characters are reunited again in the filmmaker's house for another exploration of their physical intimacy. Three nude men are killing time sitting on the floor measuring their penises when they get mail, a huge box containing a woman. Her arrival will unlock various fantasies within the three characters. She embarks on a mythical love story with one of them that echoes with the creation of Life and reflects upon grief with the other as his father dies during the shooting of the film. She manages to get her revealed message across and initiates the filmmaker into a new understanding beyond the pain."
Poster by Zeina Bassil