The Valley


French Title: La Vallée
Genre: Drama
Director: Ghassan Salhab
Cast: Carlos Chahine, Carol Abboud, Fadi Abi Samra, Aouni Kawas
Distributor: Doc & Film International
Length: 135 min
Country: France, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany
Release: US Premiere

April 2 – 1:15pm
Q&A
with Carlos Chahine


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Following a car accident on a lone mountain road, a middle-aged man loses his memory. Drenched in blood, he continues to walk along the deserted path. Further down the road, he encounters people with engine trouble and helps them get their car running again. They are reluctant to leave him stranded, so they take him home to their large estate in the Beqaa Valley, a place where production is not only agricultural, and a place he may never leave again…

FOCUS ON an Uncompromising Lebanese Director

Ghassan Salhab’s challenging filmmaking does not give itself up easily, refusing all compromise or concession, no doubt out of fear of being forced to strike a bargain with the dominant commercial cinematic form it shies away from at all cost. In a world that is increasingly “spectacularized,” such refusal is a badge of honor. This is not filmmaking that comes to us easily, but one through which we can have a completely different kind of cinematic experience if we open ourselves to it. In a sense, it is a kind of filmmaking that merits our effort. This cinematic path that Ghassan Salhab has been steadfastly pursuing for over twenty-five years makes him one of the foremost filmmakers in post-civil war Lebanese cinema. This has not turned him into a father figure, but into a rather lonely one (which, when one gets to know him, is aptly fitting). This distinction he holds in the midst of the Beiruti melee comes largely from the fact that among all the local filmmakers, he is among the most rigorous, constant and prolific in his work.

Press Kit: English

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