The 50th Karlovy Vary Film Festival (KVIFF) in the Czech Republic was highlighted by a week long celebration of Lebanese cinema.

Eight Lebanese films, both locally and internationally acclaimed, were selected for a special screening to honor the growing film industry:

“Hors la vie” (1991) Directed by: Maroun Baghdadi
“West Beirut” (1998) Directed by: Ziad Doueiri
“A Perfect Day” (2005) Directed by: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
“Under the Bombs” (2007) Directed by: Philippe Aractingi
“Where Do We Go Now?” (2011) Directed by: Nadine Labaki
“Sleepless Nights” (2012) Directed by: Eliane Raheb
“e muet” (2013) Directed by: Corine Shawi
“The Valley” (2014) Directed by: Ghassan Salhab
Special screening: “Waves ’98” (2015) Directed by: Ely Dagher

On July 7th, a special segment of ‘KVIFF Talks’, was organized to discuss Lebanese cinema with the filmmakers who were present: directors Philippe Aractingi, Corine Shawi, and Ely Dagher; as well as producers: Georges Choucair and Diane Aractingi. Ely Dagher, the young Lebanese filmmaker who won this year’s Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or with his animated short, “Waves ’98”, was also present. The talk included discussions of the producer’s and director’s experiences with their award-winning films.

Watch the full debate here.

The Lebanese presence in KVIFF extended to the Official Competition, where Lebanese-Canadian producer Ziad Touma (of Couzin Films) held the world premiere of his feature film, “The Sound of Trees”, and where Lebanese–Canadian director Noura Kevorkian presented her documentary, “23 Kilometers”.