International Competition : First French Fictions

Tombé du ciel

Wissam Charaf

2016
France
1h10
Fiction
Col.

Is another story of war and its aftermath even possible? Wissam Charaf demonstrates that it is, through this melancholic comedy about characters trying to survive—and to love—in a country (Lebanon) which is still drowning under the repercussions of a fifteen year long civil war. After years of absence, Samir returns to his family’s home where the only people left are, a father devastated by the defeat and a disoriented younger brother. Samir tries to recover his place in a country that no longer recognizes him (and vice-versa). Like a ghost—though he is certainly corporeal—he must take back control of a life that has been interrupted by armed conflict. He is a body that occupies a singular space, at once very visible yet already no longer there, a burlesque spectre resisting its own disappearance, a spectre that bothers and disorients everything. Almost like a lay angel indicating the solar path that must be taken after the fire. (Elena Lopez Riera)

Wissam Charaf worked as an editor and a cameraman for TV reports, which led him to many war zones countries (Lebanon, Afghanistan, Darfour), before starting working in cinema.
Courts métrages
Hizz Ya wizz (Entrevues 2004) , Un héros ne meurt jamais (2007), L'Armée des fourmis (Entrevues 2007), Après (2016)
Longs métrages
It's all in Lebanon (2011)

Tombé du ciel is his first fiction feature film.

Cast
Rodrigue Sleiman, Raed Yassin, Said Serhan, George Melki, Yumna Marwan
Screenplay
Wissam Charaf, Mariette Desert
Photography
Martin Rit
Sound
Emmanuel Zouki
Music
Wissam Charaf
Editing
William Laboury
Production
Charlotte Vincent (Aurora Films), Pierre Sarraf (Né à Beyrouth)

CONTACT :

Adrien Boursot (Epicentre Films)

adrien@epicentrefilms.com

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