Solitaire + The Parrot
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Showings
St. Anthony Main Theatre 3Sun, Oct 1 7:00 PM

20 years past the Lebanese-Syrian war, still Thérèse didn?t get over her brother?s death by a Syrian bomb. Today her only daughter is getting engaged, but only when the suitor is at her doorstep she discovers he is Syrian. Screening with short film The Parrot.
PART OF TWIN CITIES ARAB FILM FEST

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Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
Members:$10.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$10.00
Senior (Box Office Only):$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Mahbas
English Title:Solitaire
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Tags:Comedy
Romance
Women Directors
Release Year:2016
Runtime:92 mins
Type:Narrative Feature
Country:Lebanon
Jordan
Egypt
Language:Arabic with English subtitles
Trailer:https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v-IoeaRhlrQM0
Cast/Crew
Director:Sophie Boutros
Description

Set in a Lebanese village, Solitaire (Mahbas) uses humor to address the way regional tensions manifest in people’s personal lives. While Thérèse (Julia Kassar) joyfully prepares for the overnight visit of her daughter's suitor and his parents, she shares the happy news of engagement with her beloved brother. It just so happens that this brother was killed nearly twenty years earlier by a Syrian bomb, and Thérèse has blamed the entire country ever since. Only when the long-awaited guests are at her doorstep does Therese discover that they are Syrian, and after several outlandish attempts to break the engagment, it seems she’ll have to come to terms with the past.

Director Biography

Sophie Boutros earned a Bachelor in directing for television and film at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Lebanon. For six years, Boutros worked as a director on several television shows in Lebanon and Dubai. She has also directed numerous music videos. Solitaire (2016) is her first feature film.


Screening with Short Film:

The Parrot

Dir. Amjad Al-Rasheed and Darin Sallam
2016 | Jordan and Germany | Arabic, Yiddish, and Hebrew with English subtitles | 18 min | Minnesota Premiere

SYNOPSIS: A Mizrahi Jewish family from Tunisia settles into their new life and their new home in Haifa, Palestine in 1948. The house is lovely, but it contains the memories of its previous Arab residents and the pet they left behind: a large and chatty parrot.

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY: Darin Sallam has directed four award-winning short films including Still Alive and The Dark Outside, which screened at Cannes in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

Amjad Al-Rasheed is a Jordanian director and producer who attended the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2007. He has directed five award-winning short films as well as the Jordanian comedy series The Rania Show.


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TWIN CITIES ARAB FILM FEST

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