Cyril Aris SAL
Viviane and Antoine have lived together for 65 years, and while she still has her strength, he has long been bedridden. The physical weakness is extremely difficult to face, so the family at least try to keep Antoine’s spirit alive. The news that their adored, devoted and incredibly loving daughter Marie-Thérèse has tragically died is so devastating that no one manages or even wants to tell the infirm old man about that. The grief might bring on his death… The person awaits the approaching end of life in an imagined state of limbo, but the dark lyricism of this documentary poem is brightened by the warming rays of the loved ones’ smiles.
Born in 1987 in Beirut. A Lebanese director and screenwriter. Holds an MFA from Columbia University. Has taught Film at Columbia University, NHSI at Northwestern University and Barnard College. His short film THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT (2017) premiered at Toronto IFF and won numerous awards. Producing credits include Mounia Akl’s short film Submarine (2016), official selection at Cannes IFF, Toronto IFF and over 100 festivals worldwide.
2017 THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT