Lebanese director Ely Dagher produces his first feature film, The Sea Ahead, nominated for the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 with his first short film Waves 98, the director embarks on a naturalistic and abstract portrait of his home country. And it is to be discovered in preview in Paris on April 12!
After long research on the history of Lebanon, this film gives an account of the country, its inhabitants and the “textures” of Beirut. Facing the Sea is a true cinematographic work. The film follows the explosion of the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020 and leads its viewers to reflect on their relationship with the past and the transformation of their habits.
A film about memory and reconnecting with the past
The fiction deals with the theme of memory, around the story of Jana. After studying in Paris for four years, the young woman is suddenly forced to return to Beirut, her native country. She suddenly reconnects with a familiar life that plunges her into a form of dramatic nostalgia. The film offers an introspective look at Jana’s character, her resentment and a homesickness in which the audience may recognize itself.
Preview in Paris
A preview screening of the film will take place at the Luminor Hôtel de Ville in Paris on April 12. This will be followed by a debate with Ely Dagher and the main actress of the film, Manal Issa. An ideal opportunity not to be missed by all movie lovers!