Art Cinema Award for “Tramontane”, by Vatche Boulghourjian, at the 2017 Ciné Junior Festival
The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the Ciné Junior festival, in France, went to TRAMONTANE by Vatche Boulghourjian.
Lebanon/France/Qatar/United Arab Emirates, 2015, 105 min
Direction and screenplay: Vatche Boulghourjian
Cast: Michel Adabachi, Sajed Amer, Abido Bacha
Production: Rebus Film Production, Abbout Productions, Le Bureau
International sales: Le Bureau Sales
More information on the festival’s website.
Rabih, a young blind man, lives in a small village in Lebanon. His life unravels when he applies for a passport and discovers that his identification card is a forgery. Traveling across rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth, he meets people on the far fringes of society who tell their own stories, open further questions and give him minor clues about his identity. He encounters a nation incapable of telling his or its own narrative.
Besides its obvious cinematographical qualities (work done on sound, beautiful image,…), the jury was very much touched by the subtlety and accuracy to portray a country wounded by war and in constant quest for its identity, like its main character. With this prize, we want to mention that this film can also be seen by a younger audience (from the age of 13).
The jury was composed of:
Stéphanie Bousquet, Cinéma ABC, Toulouse, France
Marie Demunter, Association des cinémas et circuits itinérants du Languedoc Roussillon, France
Josiane Eymann, Cinéma Excelsior, St Dié-des-Vosges, France