Archive of films Tramontane / Tramontane

Lebanon / France / Qatar / United Arab Emirates
2016, 105 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2016

While searching for his roots across his native Lebanon, a young blind musician and singer named Rabih must struggle through an unexpectedly thick web of half-truths, disinformation, and lies. Composed with sensitivity and imbued with tenderness, this debut from a talented filmmaker offers an unforced invitation to contemplate the identity of the individual within a socio-geographical context. The film premiered in the Critics’ Week at Cannes.


Rabih, a young and talented blind musician searching for his roots throughout Lebanon, must contend with an unexpectedly dense tangle of half-truths, disinformation, and lies. The reason: during the seemingly banal task of applying for a passport, the police call into doubt the authenticity of his ID card. When he confronts his mother and uncle, he encounters a strange silence. With a determination that minimizes his disability, he sets out on a journey towards a fateful discovery. This talented filmmaker’s feature debut, sensitively composed and infused with a sense of tenderness, offers an unforced invitation to contemplate the identity of the individual within a socio-geographical context. The world of Tramontane has its own specific, meditative rhythm, saturated with the urgent melancholy of Rabih’s music. The film, which was presented as a work in progress at last year’s KVIFF, premiered as part of Critics’ Week at this year’s festival in Cannes.

Karel Och

About the director

Vatche Boulghourjian (b. 1975, Kuwait City, Kuwait), Lebanese director, studied film at New York University, but has been interested in film and the other visual arts since before his studies. He has worked on television documentaries throughout the Middle East and is the author of several independent short experimental and documentary films. His graduate movie The Fifth Column (Hinkerort zorasune) took third place when it premiered as part of the Cinéfondation section at Cannes in 2010. Tramontane was a success with audiences during its premiere at Cannes this year.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Vatche Boulghourjian
Screenplay: Vatche Boulghourjian 
Dir. of Photography: James Lee Phelan
Music: Cynthia Zaven 
Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid
Art Director: Nadine Ghanem
Producer: Caroline Oliveira, Caroline Oliveira
Production: Abbout Productions, Rebus Films
Coproduction: Le Bureau
Cast: Barakat Jabbour, Julia Kassar, Michel Adabashi, Toufic Barakat
Sales: The Bureau Sales


Vatche Boulghourjian

Film Director

Myriam Sassine


Cynthia Zaven

Music Composer

Georges Schoucair


Rym Hachimi

Producer, Sales Agent

Gabrielle Dumon

Producer, Sales Agent


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