I have been appointed as the Jury of the inaugural Lebanese Film Festival in Sydney held later this month. I will be judging the feature films that are screening in the festival for the awards held on the opening gala night.
Stay tune for reviews and learning something different about Lebanese culture in the process.
Check out their site for the full schedule:
Feature Films Judged:
Rue Huvelin (2011)
Overall Comments: All in all, you know what the film is trying to say in the opening scenes and it is certainly an important issue, but it feels too much like a documentary and the result is simply not satisfying.
If I Should Fall (2010)
Overall Comments: All in all, this is what documentary is all about. Although one would dispute on it being subjective, but no matter how you see it, this film is extremely well edited, well directed and extremely engaging. Probably the most emotive and affecting documentary for some time.
Short Films Judged:
Blue Line (2011)
Overall Comments: All in all, this short film is fun and entertaining from start to finish. It is kind of a black comedy and the director’s ironic sense of humour should be praised. A highly enjoyable 15 minutes.
Bahiya & Mahmoud (2011)
Overall Comments: All in all, a nice little film about old age and all the things that goes with it. At the end of the day, the film is about love and for its entire duration. It earns extra points for being well acted, well produced and being quite meaningful at the same time. It somehow brought a smile to my face.