Competing in the Arab Special Section
Short Film Before We Heal Takes Part in the European Independent Film Festival in France
The short film Before We Heal by Lebanese director Nadim Hobeika will compete within the Arab Special Section at the 14th European Independent Film Festival in Paris, France (April 5-7).
The three-day 14th European Independent Film Festival includes 14 sections, 7 of which are dedicated to non-European films. The participating films will compete for 25 awards, presented by an international jury.
Most recently, the film screened at the Cairo International Film Festival and Carthage Film Festival. It also screened in its homeland within the events of the Lebanese Film Festival. The film had its world premiere at the Aegean Film Festival in Greece, and took part in the Arab Film Festival (AFF) in California, USA.
Saleem and Raya meet at Raya's place. Saleem enters the toilet and somehow gets stuck. Between the inside and the outside, trials and disappointments, laughter and hope, memories and screams, are all being shared at the doorstep.
Written and directed by Nadim Hobeika, Before We Heal stars Yumna Marwan, Mohammad Bsat and Elie Njeim. The film's crew includes Cinematographer CÃ©line Layous, Editor Nathalie Rbeiz, and Composer Jean Nassif. The film is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.
Lebanese director Nadim Hobeika obtained his degree in filmmaking from Saint Joseph University in 2014. His graduation short film Feu de Camp (Bonfire) participated in several film festivals around the world. In 2015, he attended open courses at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York, to develop his craft.
Back in Lebanon, Hobeika worked as a first assistant director with renowned Lebanese filmmakers. In between, he directed many corporate films, two music videos for the Lebanese band Adonis that witnessed a great audience acclaim, and shot his second short film Before We Heal. Hobeika is currently in the script development process of his first feature film.