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Spring Grant 2015 - Development Stage
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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

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.

Production Company Profile

LAAVENTURA is an award-winning production platform set up by the Hotait sisters based in Beirut, Madrid and Mexico. We specialise in work that focuses on narrative content with striking visuals, while striving to create amusing and thought provoking stories. LAAVENTURA manages a wide variety of projects from film and documentary to large format video-installations and transmedia projects. LAAVENTURA has been producing content in Arabic, English and Spanish since 2009. Our work has been broadcast on networks including BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera and Documania, and has been presented internationally at more than 50 film festivals. LAAVENTURA’s video-installation work has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the world, and the company has received several awards for its artistic production.

Contacts

  • Director

    Laila Hotait Salas

    Company: 
    Laaventura
    Phone: 
    +521 442 464 2065
    Email: 
    laila.hotait@gmail.com

  • Main Contact

    Nadia Hotait Salas

    Company: 
    Laaventura
    Email: 
    nadiahotait@gmail.com

  • Main Contact

    Nadia Hotait

    Company: 
    Laaventura
    Email: 
    nadiahotait@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Laaventura

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