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A young woman makes her way back home to her parents’ house in the middle of the night leaving a bad experience behind. Haunting pressures to fit back into the family dynamics as well as revealing details of her life abroad weigh heavy on her. Feeling cornered, her anxieties resurface, leading her to find solace in another part of her Beirut life that she had forsaken. A life that is for her as familiar and foreign now as it ever was.

Festivals & Awards:

Festival de Cannes 2021 – Directors’ Fortnight

BFI London Film Festival 2021 – Official Selection

About the filmmaker:

Born in 1985, Beirut based Ely Dagher Graduated with an MA in contemporary Art Studies and New media from Goldsmiths College in London. Ely Dagher is an artist/ filmmaker working with different mediums and producing work that intertwines on different levels. His work focuses on the layering and constructing of multiple narratives across film, painting and installation. Drawing from his upbringing in Lebanon and his current situation, his work explores the correlation and possibilities created through the play between cultures, histories and fiction. Ely’s artworks function as an extension to his interrogations, joggling between different points of identification and visual structures, from surrealism, science fiction and the occult. His latest short film “WAVES‘98” (2015) was awarded the short film Palme D’Or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. His films have been awarded at numerous international film festivals.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    115 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Lebanon, France, Belgium, United States, Qatar
  • Director
    Ely Dagher
  • Screenwriter
    Ely Dagher
  • Producer
    Arnaud Dommerc
  • Co-Producer
    Georges Schoucair, Benoit Roland, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub
  • Cast
    Manal Issa, Yara Abou Haidar, Rabih El Zaher
  • Cinematographer
    Shadi Chaaban
  • Editor
    Lea Masson, Ely Dagher
  • Sound Design
    Rana Eid
  • Music
    Joh Dagher