For Hassane, a young man from an impoverished neighborhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization and hopelessness.
Hassane’s strange sudden drowning at Beirut’s rocky shore sparks a mob procession, and strips apart the bond of youth and friendship, forcing his friends to grapple with loss and powerlessness, and with the cold heavy truth of their friend’s dead body. The funeral is transformed into a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of life, youth, friendship, and love.

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Mazen Khaled



Director: Mazen Khaled
Producer: Diala Kachmar
Screenwriter: Mazen Khaled
Cinematographer: Rachelle Noja & Talal Khoury
Editor: Vartan Avakian
Sound Designer: Victor Bresse
Music: Zeid Hamdan and Vladimir Kurumilian
Principal Cast: Carol Abboud, Hamza Mekdad, Mostafa Fahs, Hady Bou Ayash, Rachad Nassereddine, Rabih el Zaher, Raneem Mourad
Additional Credits: COLORIST: Belal Hibri


Public Film Contact
Manuela Buono
Slingshot Films
Publicity Contact
Michela Pascolo
Sales Agent
Slingshot Films
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2017
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Drama, LGBTQ
Screening Section: Global
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: Italy, Lebanon
Language: Arabic
Runtime: 84:13 mins