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Bosta (The Autobus)

2005

Running Time: 142 min

Director:
Philippe Aractingi

Writer:
Philippe Aractingi

Producers:
Diane Aractingi
Philippe Aractingi

Director of Photography:
Gary Turnbull

Editor:
Dana K. Trometer

Music:
Ali El Khatib
Simon Emmerson
Martin Russell

Editor:
Dana K. Trometer

Costumes:
Milia Maroun
Mirna Dib
Rhéa Naffi

Artistic Director & Set Designer:
Cynthia Zahar

Choreographer:
Alissar Caracalla

Line Producer:
Marwan Tarraf – Darkside

Producer:
Autobus LTD

Executive Producer:
Fantascope Production


Cast

Rodney El Haddad – Kamal
Nadine Labaki – Alia
Nada Abou Farhat – Vola
Liliane Nemri – Arze
Omar Rajeh – Omar
Mounir Malaeb – Toufic
Bshara Atallah – Khalil
Rana Alamudin Karam – Isabelle
Mahmoud Mabsout – Mr. Naim


Synopsis

After 15 years of exile in France, Kamal returns to Beirut with his mind set on one goal: recreate the dance group he had formed with his school friends and whom he hasn’t seen since – but today, not only does he want to bring back this disparate group together, but also take the bold move of introducing a Western flavor to the traditional Dabkeh music.
Bosta is a road musical that takes the audience on a wonderful journey across various Lebanese regions… a journey accompanied by a groundbreaking track and, of course, this truly pioneering dance, the electro-dabkeh.


Festivals and Awards

Carthage Festival – Best Scenario Award
Arab Film Festival Rotterdam – Best First Work Award
Queens International Festival – Audience Award
Artemare Festival of Corsica – Young Audience Award