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Fall Grant 2011 - Development Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Nicolas Damuni / Short Narrative / Palestine, France, Qatar / 2012 / 10 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Dark Comedy


Five young art students awake to the sound of gunfire and bombardment. As the electricity has been cut and a curfew imposed, they do not know what is happening outside. To fill the time, the young men decide to prepare a maqloubeh for lunch. They all contribute to the preparation of this traditional dish. Meanwhile, their families call, trying to find out what is going on. Suddenly, unexpected guests arrive.


Nicolas Damuni
Nicolas Damuni, Hani Zurob
Karim Boutros Ghali

About the Director

Nicolas Damuni studied cinema in Beirut. He has worked as a director, editor, colourist and special-effects creator on several projects in France and the Middle East. In 2005, his work was selected for the Mediterranean Films Crossing Borders festival and, in 2006, he was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus.

Production Company Profile

IPS is a Paris-based production and post-production company founded in May, 2010, and launched at the Cannes Film Festival. The company provided production services on the television series ‘Abed Karman’, directed by Nader Galal. Additionally, IPS has consulted and supervised post-production for Emmanuelle Demoris’s documentaries ‘In Search of Oil and Sand’ (2012) and ‘Mafrouza V – Paraboles’ (2010), which the company also subtitled. IPS is an international production consultant for ‘Nafas’, a television documentary series by Tahani Rached, and was a post-production consultant for the Cairo Film Connection in 2010.

Awards and Festival History


Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012, in the Arab Short Film Competition (Qatar)
Fribourg International Film Festival 2013, in Competition (Switzerland)
Ayam Beirut al Cinama'iya 2013 (Lebanon)
London Palestine Film Festival 2013, in Competition (UK)


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