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Room for a Man Screens at Beirut Cinema Days

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Room for a Man Screens at Beirut Cinema Days

The documentary film Room for a Man by director Anthony Chidiac has been selected to take part in the 10th edition of the Beirut Cinema Days (March 29 - April 6). The film will screen at Metropolis Empire Sofil cinema on Wednesday, April 3, at 09:30 pm (GMT +3) and will be followed by a Q&A with director Anthony Chidiac.

On its 10th anniversary, Beirut Cinema Days particolored program boasts a large number of Arab and international films, workshops, panel discussions, along with a variety of off-festival activities that will run throughout 2019 across Beirut and other regions in Lebanon.

Room for a Man has been part of the Festival international du cinéma d'auteur de Rabat, Cairo Cinema Days, the Arab Film Festival, the Arab Film Festival in Berlin, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) in Canada, in which the film made its world premiere within its official competition.

The film follows the daily life of a young gay filmmaker who shares a Beirut apartment with his mother, sister and pet dog. He attempts to reconstruct his identity by renovating his bedroom. But, as the Syrian construction workers come and go in the freshly embattled household, new questions, old arguments and unexpected passions get stirred. Venturing further, the filmmaker contacts his estranged father to ask about the Argentinian passport he once had as a little boy. After years of separation, father and son embark on a journey to South America in search of family ties.

Room for a Man is written and directed by Lebanese filmmaker Anthony Chidiac, produced by Talal Al-Muhanna (Linked Productions) and Carole Abboud ( production), and distributed by MAD Solutions. The film received production and post-production grants from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and a production grant from the Screen Institute Beirut.

Born in Beriut, Director/writer/editor Anthony Chidiac graduated from St. Joseph University with a BA in Audiovisual Studies. During college, he directed his first short film, Kfarhanem's Inn, which screened at the Cabriolet Film Festival in Lebanon, and the Kelibia Film Festival in Tunisia. The film was also screened on MTV Lebanon and featured within the BBC Arabia's Alternative Cinema program.

In 2010, Anthony participated in The Exchange Program between the National Film School in Denmark and Screen Institute Beirut. He directed his documentary Equal Men in Copenhagen that was screened at the Beirut Cinema Days. In 2013, he co-wrote with Selim Mourad and directed his first medium length fiction film Maman? Non, Merci, which screened in several European and Arab film festivals.