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Waves '98

Spring Grant 2014 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Ely Dagher / Short Narrative / Lebanon, Qatar / 2015 / 15 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Animation, Coming of age, Biography, Social Issues, Fantasy, Identity

Synopsis

The complex relationship of contemporary Beirutis to their troubled home city is beautifully imagined in Ely Dagher’s Palme d’Or-winning ‘Waves ‘98’. In the late 1990s, young Omar is disillusioned by his life in the Lebanese capital, where the news is always troublesome and nothing ever seems to change. When he is drawn to a mysterious portal leading to another dimension, for a time Omar is at peace, but eventually the draw of Beirut is inescapable. Distinguished by an intriguing mix of animation and live-action footage, ‘Waves ‘98’ is a moving meditation on the contradiction of feeling lost at home.

Credits

Director
Ely Dagher
Screenwriter
Ely Dagher
Producer
Ely Dagher

About the Director

Ely Dagher is an artist and filmmaker born and raised in Lebanon. He Graduated with an MA in New Media and Contemporary Art Studies from Goldsmiths College in London. His work explores the correlation and possibilities created through the play between cultures, histories and fiction. In 2015, his film 'Waves '98' was awarded the short film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Awards and Festival History


Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival 2015
Dubai International Film Festival 2015
AFI 2015
Sundance Film Festival 2016
LatinArab Film Festival 2015
Transilvania IFF 2016, Focus: Lebanon
Milano Film Festival 2016
Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2016
Qumr

Awards

Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival 2015, Short Film Competition (WP)

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Ely Dagher

    Company: 
    BeaverAndBeaver
    Phone: 
    +32 489584297
    Email: 
    ely@beaverandbeaver.com

  • Main Contact

    Elie Dagher

    Email: 
    elydagher@gmail.com

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