Upon its Commercial Release
A Special Screening for Mafkoud at VOX Cinema in Lebanon
-The film Mafkoud by director Bachir Abou Zeid had a special screening on Tuesday night, December 29 at VOX Cinema, Lebanon before it was commercially released in VOX Cinemas as of 31 st of December. The screening witnessed a massive attendance of public and media figures.
Upon the filmÂ’s release in its production country Lebanon, the film was set to be released in Tunisia, but its release got postponed due to the situation of COVID-19 in Tunisia and the Tunisian Ministry of CultureÂ’s decision to close all cinemas after they were reopened last June.
The film is slated to release across the other Arab countries in the upcoming period. Recently, Mafkoud won the Best Directorial Debut Film award at the Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival.
Years after his abduction, missing Sari still remembers small details from the moment he last saw his mother, specifically, her eyes and her words asking him to never look back. Now, jailed for the murder of his friend, Sari pleads his innocence to set off and continue the search for his mother. However, he lacks the evidence that proves he did not commit the crime. Behind these walls, SariÂ’s encounter will put him on a journey to his past, delving into his deepest memories, and revealing his true identity.
Written and directed by Bachir Abou Zeid, the film stars Ayman Ghali, Natacha Choufani, Julian Farhat and Layal Badaro. MAD Solutions handles the filmÂ’s distribution in the
Arab world. Director/writer Bachir Abou Zeid finished his undergraduate studies at the Lebanese International University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts, with emphasis on Translation and Interpretation. He also graduated from the University of West London with an MA Degree in Filmmaking with an emphasis on Directing. Recently, Bachir Founded Beirut Film Institute, a production company that aims to produce shorts and feature-length films.
His short films toured a number of film festivals and were internationally acclaimed. His film, Kalash, which was done as a MasterÂ’s Thesis, is a one-shot 30-minute war drama. To date, the film has participated and won awards in more than 15 International film festivals.
Throughout the past few years, Bachir worked on short films, his experience in film production includes film production, production designing, writing and directing. Bachir has recently finished working on his upcoming short film Idris, which is directed, written and produced by him. Mafkoud marks his debut feature film.