Spring Grants 2019 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT
In its attempt to overcome a long-lasting economic crisis, the town hall of the luxurious Faraya resort relinquishes several acres of land to the real estate project “Faraya 2030” and a ski competition is held to celebrate the launch of construction. But on the first day of competition, the corpse of an Ethiopian housemaid employed by one of Faraya’s bourgeois families is found at the bottom of the tracks and brings the festivities to a halt. Said and his chief are immediately subject to hierarchical pressure, urging them to bring their investigation to a close in order to be able to resume the festivities. The chief of police soon concludes that the housekeeper fell by accident. Uncomfortable with this hasty conclusion, Said decides to pursue his investigation in secret, relying on the help of people from his entourage who are as inexperienced as he is. He will bravely continue to poke his nose where it does not belong, and soon he comes face-to-face with his fellow villagers, who fear that his revelations could jeopardize the work opportunities offered by Faraya 2030. Confronted with this unexpected opposition from his own social milieu, Said is faced with a dilemma—whether to end his investigation or pursue his quest for the truth, at the risk of finding himself alone against the community.
- Nadim Tabet, Mounia Akl
- Nadim Tabet, Mounia Akl, Monsieur Untel, Wadih Safieddine
- Wadih Safieddine
About the Director
Nadim Tabet is a Lebanese director who directed several short films that screened internationally. In 2001, he co-founded the Lebanese Film Festival and has worked as a film programmer for several European festivals. His first feature film 'One of These Days' (2017) premiered at Rome Film Fest and was sold by Celluloid Dreams. He is currently preparing his second feature, as well as a series titled 'Faraya'. Nadim Tabet also directs fashion films and music videos for several bands coming from Europe and the Arab world and gives conferences on cinema for various universities.
Mounia Akl is a Lebanese filmmaker with an architecture degree and a master’s degree in directing and screenwriting from Columbia University, New York. In 2016, her short film ‘Submarine’ was presented in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation) and was selected to compete at the festivals of Toronto and Dubai. In 2017, ‘El Gran Libano’ which she co-directed with Neto Villalobos screened at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight part of Lebanon Factory. She also directed an episode of the series ‘Do Not Disturb’ produced by Jude Law. Her first feature film, ‘Costa Brava Lebanon’, was selected for Cinéfondation in Cannes 2018, Torino Film Lab 2018 (Pitch Award), for the Sundance Lab 2019 and the Tribeca Film Network 2020.
Production Company Profile
Since Deja Vu first opened its doors in Dubai in 2007, we have constantly made films we could be proud of. We have produced some of the most iconic commercials in the region and have won awards at every major advertising show around the world. We have also expanded our network of offices in Beirut and Mumbai, and recently started developing original TV series and films aimed at the global market.