Archive of films Sea Ahead / Albahr 'amamakum

France / Lebanon / Belgium / USA / Qatar
2021, 115 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

Submitting his feature film debut, Ely Dagher (2015 Palme d’Or for the short film Waves ’98) returned to Cannes this year with a compelling, darkly dreamlike portrait of his native Beirut. Jana, a woman shrouded in mysterious melancholy, travels back home from her years spent in Paris, perhaps to re-establish contact with the past, and perhaps to try to understand what caused the transformation of the magical Lebanese metropolis into a city of ghosts.


Synopsis

In 2015 Ely Dagher was awarded the Cannes Palme d’Or for Best Short for his film Waves ’98, which KVIFF presented that year as part of its special focus “A Week of Lebanese Cinema”. This year he returned to the world’s leading film festival, specifically to the section Directors’ Fortnight, with his feature debut, a compelling, darkly dreamlike portrait of his native Beirut. Jana, a woman shrouded in mysterious melancholy (Manal Issa, who also appears in Memory Box, programmed at KVIFF this year), travels back home from her years spent in Paris, perhaps to re-establish contact with the past, and perhaps to try to understand what caused the transformation of the magical Lebanese metropolis into a city of ghosts lapped by the waves of a fragile, elusive sea.

Karel Och

About the director

Ely Dagher (1985, Beirut). Filmography: Beirut (2007, animated short), Waves '98 (2015, animated short), The Sea Ahead (Albahr 'amamakum, 2021).

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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Ely Dagher
Screenplay: Ely Dagher
Dir. of Photography: Shadi Chaaban
Music: Joh Dagher
Editor: Léa Masson, Ely Dagher
Art Director: Sabine Sabbagh
Producer: Arnaud Dommerc
Production: Andolfi
Coproduction: Beachside, Wrong Men, Abbout Productions, BeaverAndBeaver and Proximus, Shelter Prod
Cast: Manal Issa, Roger Azar, Yara Abou Haidar, Rabih El Zaher, Fadi Abi Samra
Sales: The Party Film Sales

Guests

Ely Dagher

Film Director

Manal Issa

Actress


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