The Lebanese Film Festival Association presents the 2017 Film of the Year Award to 'The Traveller', the debut feature film by Hadi Ghandour.
'The Traveller' becomes the sixth award winner of the Australian Festival celebrating Lebanese cinema, proceeded by 'A Time in a Life' (short film), 'Waynoun' (feature film), 'Stable Unstable' (feature film), 'On Her Breast' (feature film) and 'Bahiya and Mahmoud' (short film).
LFF co-director and one of the Festival's three judges, called the film, "A stellar debut by Hadi Ghandour - The Traveller is a film with style and substance and perhaps the best choice of cast."
"Both Rodrigue Sleiman and Aida Sabra have graced LFF screens many times in past editions (Congratulations, Stable Unstable, Halal Love, Ghadi, Waynon) but their performances as 'Adnan' and 'Insaf' were incredibly funny, strange and well grounded."
Jessica continues, "I commend Ghandour on his solid writing and directing skills, mixing the witty with the weird but remaining true to the narrative - the Lebanese dream of postcard Paris turning into a complete mess, a journey of self discovery peppered with the familiar and the peculiar"
This year, 'The Traveller' was selected as the Opening Night film of the St.George Bank Lebanese Film Festival at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Sydney. The film has since attracted significant interest, and will be screened in Adelaide and Canberra in October and November respectively.