سَوْدَاد | Saudade

2011

Running Time: 19 min

Director and Scenario:
Yasmine Ghorayeb

Producers:
Yasmine Ghorayeb
Cedric Marole

Director of Photography:
Rachel Tabet

Music:
Barnabas Folk

Cinematography:
Marc Abiad

Art Direction:
Mirella Salameh
Mounia Akl


Cast

Malek Rizkallah
Yasmina Hatem
Mounia Akl
Cyril Aris
Nabil Ghorayeb
Mona Fakhry
Thomas Chelhot


Synopsis

The story unfolds in Beirut in 2003. Two couples, two destinies: one spiraling upwards, the other downwards. Leila and Nabil have been together for two years, and the stars seem to be aligned for them. They are both rising actors full of dreams and aspirations, and they have all life lying in front of them to accomplish them. Their friends, Hala and Kamal, are experiencing the ups and downs of married life. Deeply in love, they each have their own passion: the former is a writer, the latter a photographer attracted to the sea since his childhood. A couple whose love cannot be spared by the tricks of fate manipulating them. When Kamal learns he has cancer, Hala is caught in a dilemma. The woman finds herself trapped in a whirlwind of guilt, apprehension, and eventually undertakes a decision she is not close to forget.


Director’s biography and filmography

For as long as she can recall, Yasmine Ghorayeb has been attracted to the world of cinema in all its forms. An interest that probably stems from her father, a cinephile and eternal dreamer who quickly opened her eyes to the richness of this art. From a very young age, she would avidly watch film after film from the huge movie library that her father had very carefully built in the living room. She used to follow the journeys of Anita Ekberg, Ingrid Bergman, James Stewart or Cary Grant, at first with curiosity and later with insatiable passion. This thirst to learn more was partially quenched by the fascinating stories told by her father who used to read more about cinema than actually watching movies, thus making her more and more intrigued by such directors as Hitchcock, Fellini, or Godard, to name a few. In 2006, she moved to Montreal to pursue studies in Biology in a canadian university. However, her deep passion for cinema never left her, so she took film aesthetics, critique and history courses at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Concordia, attended directing workshops at University of Montreal, and acting classes at Montreal School of Performing Arts (MSOPA). She also learned by herself in filmmaking books, by watching eagerly movies and attending film festivals. In addition, she participated in a few student shoots as a production manager, art director or lead actress. The learning process was very steep. In 2010, she started a Masters degree in Pharmacology program at McGill, that involved a full-time course load along with a full-time research job in the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She started working on Assisted reproduction technologies and their effect on birth defects and DNA methylation, and around that time started writing her first short film “Saudade”, in collaboration with her father who gave her a lot of ideas. It was a tribute to a relative who was fighting cancer and passed away from it. In summer 2011, she directed and produced the movie in Lebanon, and it was recently selected at the Short Film Corner – Cannes Festival 2012.