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The Valley

Fall Grant 2012 - Production Stage

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Ghassan Salhab / Feature Narrative / Lebanon, France, Germany, Qatar, United Arab Emirates / 2014 / 135 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Thriller, War, Suspense, Arthouse


Following a car accident on a lone mountain road, a middle-aged man loses his memory. Drenched in blood, he continues to walk along the deserted path. Further down the road, he encounters people with engine trouble and helps them get their car running again. They are reluctant to leave him stranded, so they take him home to their large estate in the Bekaa valley, a place where production is not only agricultural, and a place he may never leave again….


Ghassan Salhab
Ghassan Salhab
Georges Schoucair

About the Director

Ghassan Salhab is a Lebanese screenwriter and film director. He collaborates on various projects and teaches film in Lebanon. He has directed feature films such as ‘Beyrouth fantôme’ (1998); ‘Terra incognita’ (2002); ‘The Last Man’ (2006); ‘1958’ (2009); ‘The Mountain’ (2011); and ‘The Valley’ (2014). He has also directed numerous ‘film-essays’ including ‘Le voyage immobile’, co-directed with M.Soueid, ‘Chinese ink’, (Posthumous), ‘Narcisse Perdu’, ‘My living body My dead body’, and ‘La Rose de personne’. In 2016, he was a DAAD (Berlin) guest-resident. He has also published articles in various magazines, and a book, ‘Fragments du Livre du naufrage’. His feature ‘Une rose ouverte / Warda’ was selected at Berlinale Forum 2019.

Awards and Festival History


Berlin International Film Festival, The Films of the 45th Forum 2015 (Germany)
Toronto International Film Festival 2014, in Contemporary World Cinema Category (Canada)

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