ARABIAN SIGHTS, CIRCLE AWARD

1982

OUALID MOUANESS
Lebanon, France, Norway, Qatar, 2019
100 minutes, Color
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In June 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon, which was already reeling from its ongoing civil war. At a private school on the outskirts of Beirut, as the geopolitical conflict inches closer and closer, 11-year-old Wissam is more intent on finding the courage to tell his classmate that he loves her. For a dreamer like Wissam, who is more likely to be drawing than playing football, it's hard to comprehend the gravity of the impending violence. But for his teachers, Yesmine (Nadine Labaki) and Joseph, the jets in the sky signal something greater. As the teachers try to mask their growing fears for the sake of the students, they also attempt to hide the fractures in their relationship, as they fall on different sides of the political divide.—Toronto International Film Festival

In Arabic and English with English subtitles


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