For the fourth year in a row, Cannes Film Festival is showcasing short films from around the globe by young directors making their debut in cinema.
Lebanon’s own future filmmakers are taking part in the Short Film Corner this year. From purely Lebanese productions, to co-productions with France, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands, here are the info sheets to nine shorts from The Land of the Cedars.

Akar

  • Directed by : Toufic Khreich
  • Duration : 25 min
  • Country : Lebanon
  • Language : Arabic
  • Category : Fiction
  • Genres : Drama, Social
  • Synopsis : Twenty-seven years away, Eskandar comes back. Once in Beirut, he is haunted by his childhood memories, which bounce him between the past and the present. The same experiences that sent him away as a child, lead him back as an adult.

    Theia

  • Directed by : Odile Rahme
  • Duration: 13 min
  • Country: Lebanon
  • Language: Arabic
  • Category: Fiction
  • Genres: Drama
  • Synopsis: A young woman with a secret meets an unusual man, and together they discover the truth about sight, beauty, and the world we live in.

    Tallulah

  • Directed by : Celine Barakat
  • Duration: 8 min
  • Country: Canada, Lebanon
  • Language: Arabic, French
  • Category: Fiction
  • Genres: Drama, Social, Youth
  • Synopsis: Tallulah is a woman with an inner conflict face to what she had become and how time passed without her noticing the changes she underwent, diverging her from the dreams and emotions she aspired to in the past, resulting to loneliness and confusion and the lack of belonging.

    My Old Grandmother

  • Directed by : Hadi Moussally
  • Duration: 3 min
  • Country: France, Lebanon
  • Language: Arabic
  • Category: Documentary
  • Genres: Social
  • Synopsis: When time flies and life is boring, the only thing we wait for is death. For Myassar, my grandmother, days go by and blend into each other and all that is left to do for her is wait. A picture will make her relive memories and, little by little, her emotions will guide her story.

    Souk el Teffah

  • Directed by : Sahar M. Khoury
  • Duration: 18 min
  • Country: France, Lebanon
  • Language: Arabic
  • Category: Fiction
  • Genres: Drama
  • Synopsis: Leila, a young woman in her 20’s, reconciles with herself and nature with the help of a passing stranger staying in their home.

    Free Range

  • Directed by : Bass Breche
  • Duration: 18 min
  • Country: Germany, Lebanon
  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Genres: Drama, Environmental, Social
  • Synopsis: Based on actual events, ‘Free Range’ is the story of a cow that crosses the border from Israel to Lebanon and meets with 16 year old Malakeh and her family. A Lebanese Spaghetti Western that talks about borders and power between people, religions, cows and UN interventions.

    Hanine

  • Directed by : Zebian Mansour
  • Duration: 14 min
  • Country: Lebanon
  • Language: Arabic
  • Category: Fiction
  • Genres: Drama
  • Synopsis: Seeking the life she left, Hanine; a 40 year old theatre actress, returns to her country and finds out that her former lover now has a son that reminds her of their old romance. Hanine embarks on a theatrical journey with the son as she recalls her past life decisions.
    Watch the trailer.

    The Exhibition

  • Directed by : Youssef Nassar
  • Duration: 10 min
  • Country: Lebanon
  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Genres: Drama, Social
  • Synopsis: The story of a photographer on a mission and will stop at nothing to get it done. Along the way, he becomes a family man himself.
    Watch the trailer.

    Behind the Smoke Screen

  • Directed by : Rami El Harayri, Niels De Groot
  • Duration: 18 min
  • Country: Netherlands, Lebanon
  • Language: Dutch
  • Category: Documentary
  • Genres: Drama, Social
  • Synopsis: Steven is one of the four hundred adopted children who were smuggled into the Netherlands during the Lebanese Civil War in 1975. Until this day, the trace to their biological parents remains a path of unanswered questions.
    Watch the trailer.