Warsha

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Synopsis

English

Mohammad is a crane operator working in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. Away from everyone’s eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.

Italiano

Mohammad lavora come operatore di gru a Beirut. Un giorno si offre di salire su una delle gru più alte e pericolose di tutto il Libano. Lontano dagli occhi di tutti, riesce finalmente ad esprimere la sua passione segreta e a trovare la sua libertà.

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Dania Bdeir

Short Film | Fiction | Drama

15' 41''

Lebanon | France

2022

Arabic

English | Italian

Khansa

Inter Spinas Film | Né à Beyrouth Films | GoGoGo Films

Coralie Dias | Pierre Sarraf | Carine Ruszniewski

Zen Movie | Square Eyes

Dania Bdeir

Shadi Chaaban

Ali J. Dalloul

Hello Psychaleppo

Perrine Villemur | Rita Chaghoury

Régis Diebold | Mathieu Z’Graggen

  • Facebook - Black Circle

Selections & Awards

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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (USA)

OSCAR® qualifying festival

♥ Winner of BEST INT. SHORT FILM - FICTION

CLERMONT-FERRAND INT. SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (USA)

OSCAR® & EFA qualifying festival

TAMPERE FILM FESTIVAL (FINLAND)

OSCAR® & EFA qualifying festival

♥ Winner of BEST FICTION AWARD

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL (USA)

OSCAR® qualifying festival

REGARD - SAGUENAY INT. SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (CANADA)

OSCAR® qualifying festival

♥ Winner of the JURY PRIZE OF THE FESTIVAL

ASPEN SHORTSFEST (USA)

OSCAR® qualifying festival

♥ Winner of the YOUTH JURY SPECIAL MENTION

SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL & ASIA (JAPAN)

OSCAR® qualifying festival

♥ Winner of BEST SHORT AWARD

♥ Winner of GEORGE LUCAS AWARD - GRAND PRIX (Oscar qualifier)

PALM SPRINGS INT. SHORTFEST (USA)

OSCAR® qualifying festival

OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL (USA)

OSCAR® qualifying festival

♥ Winner of GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING INT. NARRATIVE SHORT (Oscar qualifier)

GUANAJUATO INT. FILM FESTIVAL (MEXICO)

OSCAR® qualifying festival

♥ Winner of the SPECIAL MENTION

PRAGUE SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (CZECH REPUBLIC)

BFI FLARE: LONDON LGBTQIA+ FILM FESTIVAL (UK)

CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL (USA)

NEW HORIZONS INT. FILM FESTIVAL (POLAND)

PANORAMA DES CINÉMAS DU MAGHREB ET DU MOYEN-ORIENT (FRANCE)

MARTOVSKI FESTIVAL - BELFRADE DOC. AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (SERBIA)

♥ Winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

SHORTS MÉXICO - MEXICO INT. SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (MEXICO)

♥ Winner of INT. LIVE ACTION COMPETITION AWARD

CONCORTO FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

ANDARAS - TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of "NUOVI SENTIERI" AWARD

CIVITANOVA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

BARDOLINO FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

SHORTS INT. FILM FESTIVAL - MAREMETRAGGIO (ITALY)

♥ Winner of the SPECIAL MENTION

CAPRI MOVIE INT. FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST SHORT FILM - "SGUARDI DI SFIDA"

PRATO FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

OFFICINE SOCIAL MOVIE (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST SHORT FILM - "PREMIO PRODIGIO DIVINO"

FIGARI INT. SHORT FILM FEST (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST INT. SHORT FILM

CINELIDO - FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA ITALIANO (ITALY)

FESTIVAL PERIFERIA DELL'IMPERO (ITALY)

CORTO DORICO (ITALY)​

NAPOLI - CORTISONANTI INT. SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

SEDICICORTO INT. FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of the SPECIAL MENTION

TERTIO MILLENNIO FILM FEST (ITALY)

♥ Winner of the SPECIAL MENTION

SICILYMOVIE - FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA DI AGRIGENTO (ITALY)

ELBA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST SHORT FILM

♥ Winner of BEST ACTOR

CISTERNA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST SHORT FILM

♥ Winner of BEST ACTOR

METRICAMENTE CORTO (ITALY)

SHORT OUT (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST SHORT FILM

FABRIANO FILM FEST (ITALY)

TERRE DA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST INT. SHORT FILM

REGGIO FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of the JURY SPECIAL MENTION

♥ Winner of the UNIMORE JURY SPECIAL MENTION

ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

MEDFILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST SHORT FILM - METHEXIS AWARD

MIDDLE EAST NOW FESTIVAL (ITALY)

ROMA CREATIVE CONTEST (ITALY)

ARTESETTIMA SHORTS (ITALY)

FESTIVAL INT. DEL CINEMA POVERO (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST INT. SHORT FILM

LA GUARIMBA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

MALATESTA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST SHORT FILM "FOCUS MEDIO ORIENTE"

ORVIETO CINEMA FEST (ITALY)

MOSTRA INT. DEL CINEMA DI BRACCIANO (ITALY)

POP CORN FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of the TARGA D'ARGENTO COMM. PARI OPPORTUNITÀ

EDERA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

VICOLI CORTI (ITALY)

ARIANO INT. FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

VISIONI CORTE FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

STRETTO FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

FARA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

DESTINAZIONE SUD FESTIVAL (ITALY)

SCAMBI FESTIVAL DISSOLVENZE (ITALY)

LUCANIA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

♥ Winner of BEST SHORT FILM

♥ Winner of the POPULAR JURY'S SPECIAL MENTION

UNIVERSO CORTO FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

FLORENCE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)

PUNTO DI VISTA FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)​

URBAN VISIONS - BEYOND THE IDEAL CITY (ITALY)​

PASSAGGI D'AUTORE INTRECCI MEDITERRANEI (ITALY)​

ROMA TRE FILM FESTIVAL (ITALY)​

AFRODITE SHORTS (ITALY)​

 

Dania Bdeir

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Biography

English

Dania Bdeir is a Lebanese award-winning writer & director. She’s a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, has a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut and an MFA in directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received a full scholarship in her third year. In 2019, Dania was selected as a Berlinale Talent and participated in its Short Film Station with "Warsha", a co-production between Inter Spinas Films (France), GoGoGo Films (France) and Né à Beyrouth Films (Lebanon). Dania is currently based in Dubai and is developing her first feature film "Pigeon Wars" which was selected for the 2018-2019 Torino Film Lab x DFI Hezaya Screenwriting lab, the 2021 Cine Qua Non Storylines lab and the 2021 Nostos Screenwriting Retreat.

Italiano

Dania Bdeir è una premiata regista e scrittrice libano-canadese. È membro della Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, è laureata in disegno grafico all’American University di Beirut e ha ottenuto un master in regia all’università NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, ricevendo una borsa di studio nel suo terzo anno. Nel 2019 è stata selezionata nel programma Berlinale Talent dove ha partecipato nella Short Film Station con il suo cortometraggio “Warsha”, una co-produzione fra Inter Spinas Films (Francia), GoGoGoFilms (Francia) and Né à Beyrouth Films (Libano). Attualmente vive a Dubai dove sta sviluppando il suo primo lungometraggio “Pigeon Wars”, il quale è stato selezionato per lo Screenwriting lab del Torino Film Lab x DFI Hezaya (2018-2019), il Cine Qua Non Storylines lab del 2021 e il Nostos Screenwriting Retreat del 2021.

Filmography

WARSHA

(2022 | short film)

IN WHITE

(2017 | short film)

KALEIDOSCOPE

(2014 | short film)