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Spring Grant 2015 - Development Stage

Laila Hotait Salas / Feature Narrative / Lebanon, Spain, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama

Synopsis

Cairo, June 2015, 6:00 AM. An explosion shatters a window, knocking Lola, a 40-year old-Egyptian journalist, unconscious. During the subsequent days she spends in hospital, Lola must leave her 12-year-old daughter Natalie with her grandmother, Dalal, with whom Lola does not have a very good relationship. Dalal, a photographer, lives with past trauma and a great sense of guilt. The explosion acts as a big bang in these women’s lives as it exposes what Dalal’s ex-husband has hidden for 40 years: that he was responsible for the murder of Dalal’s secret lover – Lola’s biological father. This discovery allows Dalal to forgive herself and reconnect with her suppressed memories of Lebanon in the 1970s, as well as with her daughter.

Credits

Director
Laila Hotait Salas
Screenwriter
Laila Hotait Salas
Producer
Nadia Hotait
Production Company
Laaventura
Production Company
Laaventura

About the Director

Laila Hotait Salas, Ph.D, is a Lebanese-Spanish filmmaker and artist. Her first documentary film, ‘Crayons of Askalan’ (2011) has been presented in more than 20 film festivals, including Hot Docs, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, CPH:DOX and DocsDF. Her sound art works have been presented at international venues such as the Centre Pompidou, the Kunst-im-Tunnel Museum Düsseldorf and several art galleries. Hotait was selected by the CPH:LAB as an international emerging film talent in 2011, and co-directed the film ‘From a Distance’ with Rania M. Tawfik the same year. Her work has received support from institutions including the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Sundance Documentary Fund Programme, Screen Institute Beirut and the Doha Film Institute.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Nadia Hotait Salas

    Company: 
    Laaventura
    Email: 
    nadiahotait@gmail.com

  • Main Contact

    Nadia Hotait

    Company: 
    Laaventura
    Email: 
    nadiahotait@gmail.com

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