‘Submarine’ dives for Cinéfondation prize

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‘Submarine’ takes place in a dystopian near future that is a realization ofthese fears. It gazes at the past, the present, and the faculty we have to connectboth: Memory. It glides between present and past—between imagined futures and nostalgia. Showcasing brilliant crew, the film is in race to bag the prestigious Cinéfondation at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film FestivalPhoto1$$COVER-SUBMARINE

In times of crises, denial is our sole tool for survival. Submarine by Mounia Akl, a leading Lebanese director known for her surrealist films in the international film circuit, tells the story of Hala –a wild child inside of a woman refusing to accept the dystopian fate of her world. Set against the backdrop of Lebanon’s current garbage crisis and sociopolitical context, Akl’s film gazes at the past, the present, and the faculty we have to connect both: Memory. It glides between present and past—between imagined futures and nostalgia. The tense film tense film examines the fear of having to leave one’s country and home and meanders on the search about what it means to be Lebanese in these times.

The film, which is in race for the Cinéfondation, portrays a fatherless generation, stripped away from any semblance of hope, in a system that has reached extraordinary levels of filth, and through Hala’s eyes and footsteps, we arm ourselves with her denial, manifest her love for her home, and keep alive—if only for a moment—the apparition of a better time.

The La Cinéfondation prize was founded by French director Gilles Jacob to inspire and supporting budding filmmakers across the world. Bagged by numerous mavericks in the trade, Mounia Akl hopes to win the Cinéfondation at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Brains

Taking inspiration from their own lives, the crew includes highly professional experts, notorious in their own field, mainly from Lebanon.

The film is produced by Yumna Marwan, Jinane Chaaya and Cyril Aris. Issa Kandil managed the producing design of the “Submarine” and has worked on over 100 TV commercials, one of which earned him a “Best Art Direction” award in the MENA Cristal festival in Dubai.

However, it’s Akl who take the cake. Her films have been screened at major film festivals including Palm Springs, Raindance and the Rome MedFilm Festival. Submarine was awarded the James Bridges production grant and is a short film that explores the story of the feature film she is currently writing and which she plans to direct as her first feature.

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