Here’s 3 films you don’t want to miss at this year’s Lebanese Film Festival

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  • Here’s 3 films you don’t want to miss at this year’s Lebanese Film Festival
  • Annabelle Fitzherbert
  • September 14, 2017

The sixth edition of the St.George Bank Lebanese Film Festival is back, and this year it’s bigger and better.

Since 2012, the Lebanese Film Festival has screened over 100 films from across the world, including a stew of films either filmed or based in Lebanon, or made by Lebanese filmmakers. For those of you who haven’t been before, the festival offers insight into contemporary Lebanese culture and challenging perceptions of Lebanon, its people and traditions. This year the festival will run over four months from 25 August – 9 December. Sydney may have just ended, but if you’re in the area head to the below locations:

NEWCASTLE – 7 October 2017
ADELAIDE – 21 October 2017
CANBERRA – 18 November 2017
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS – 9 December 2017

Here’s 3 films you don’t want to miss at this year’s festival:

1. The Traveller

A life devoid of travelling can be frustrating, especially for those who are stuck in one place that they don’t particularly like. But what happens when the day to day changes for the better? Sometimes the sudden surge of new experiences can prove to be too much to handle.

This is the theme of Hadi Ghandour’s The Traveller. Adnan (Rodrigue Sleiman from Halal Love (and Sex),  is a travel agent who can sweet-talk and impress customers with his broad knowledge of sights from around the world, but he has never left his home country of Lebanon himself. His luck is about to change when his boss sends him on a business trip to Paris.

Reflected heavily in this year’s film line-up are the many political, economic, social issues which have affected Lebanon in recent years.

2. Ali’s Wedding

Looking for a radical Muslim rom-com that breaks stereotypes? Ali’s Wedding, directed by Jeffrey Walker and starring Osamah Sami and Helena Sawires, has been billed as Australia’s first Muslim romantic comedy.

Read: Ali’s Wedding is Australia’s first feel-good Muslim rom-com.

3. Solitaire

Solitaire is tragicomic tale of the engagement-gone-wrong between a young Lebanese woman and her Syrian suitor. Playing out an intergenerational rift, it’s fitting the film’s young lovers met earlier as family-free expats in the UAE, where first-time director Sophie Boutros is a manager at American University in Dubai.

But the subject here is a formal visit from Samer and his parents to the provincial Lebanese village home of sweetheart Ghada, to ask for her hand in marriage. If you’re looking for a film that pits a countries political turmoil at the center, then this is the film for you!

For the full line-up of this year’s films, visit www.lff.org.au/films.

Program Dates:

SYDNEY – 25 August – 9 September 2017
NEWCASTLE – 7 October 2017
ADELAIDE – 21 October 2017
CANBERRA – 18 November 2017
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS – 9 December 2017

For ticket purchase and information, visit www.lff.org.au

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