The Lebanese Film Festival Association is excited to announce our film line for the sixth edition of the St.George Bank Lebanese Film Festival. The line up this year includes over 30 feature, short and documentary films, largely from Lebanon, but also include a contingent of three Australian films, brig Eyes of Exodus, Ali's Wedding and Flow.
This year's Festival kicks off in Sydney on 25 August, with the opening night at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown. The Festival will run in Sydney until 9 September. Night Out events have also been confirmed for Adelaide, Newcastle, Canberra and the Southern Highlands.
This year's film line up largely reflects the political, social, economic and cultural situation of contemporary Lebanon, largely affected by the presence of 1.5 million Syrian refugees, a Presidential power vacuum and the poor provisioning of basic infrastructure.
Feature film titles such as 'The Traveller' reflect the common human mindset that the grass is greener somewhere else, whilst 'Solitaire' bring comedy to the longstanding and tumultuous ties between Lebanon and Syria.
The quality of short films remains fantastic. The 'Lebanon Factory' collection of shorts has come straight from Cannes, and is a collection of four Lebanese short films, again reflecting Lebanon's contemporary circumstances. 'In White' gives insight into Lebanese cultural practices surrounding the loss of loved ones, whilst 'Muse' humanises the Syrian refugee.
On the documentary front, prepare to be informed and touched. Hady Zaccak's '104 Wrinkles' gets up, close and personal with Henriette, Hady's centenarian grandmother whilst 'A Maid for Each' provides insight into the world of Lebanon's foreign domestic workers.
Finally, for the first time, we'll be showcasing two retrospective films directed by Georges Nasser, who 60 years ago presented Lebanon's first ever entry to the Cannes Film Festival, with the film 'Ila Ayn'.
For our full film list, go to www.lff.org.au/films. Our full program will be released and public ticket sales will commence on Saturday, 29 July. You'll be able to buy tickets online, or visit us at the Bankstown Bites Food Festival in Bankstown.