Listen
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Film Info
Original Title:Ismaii
English Title:Listen
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Tags:Romance
Release Year:2016
Runtime:109 mins
Type:Narrative Feature
Country:Lebanon
Language:Arabic
w/ English subtitles
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/202713736
Cast/Crew
Director:Philippe Aractingi
Description

Joud (Hadi Bou Ayash) is a young sound engineer living in Beirut who meets and falls in love with an actor, Rana (Ruba Zarour). After working together on the set of a film, they develop an immediate connection despite coming from different social and religious backgrounds. When an unexpected accident puts Rana in a coma, Joud, afraid of losing her forever, must find new ways of communicating his love to a woman who may be incapable of hearing. A complicated love story told through flashbacks, Listen (Ismaii) uses creative sound mixing and music to capture the intricate connections between Joud’s emotional life and the shifting landscapes of modern-day Lebanon.

Director Biography

Philippe Aractingi was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. A self-taught filmmaker, Aractingi released his first documentary at the age of 20. In 1989, he moved to Paris and wrote and directed documentary films. He has worked in various international locations, such as South Africa, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Morocco. In 2005, Aractingi set up his own production house in Beirut called Fantascope, through which he released the musical comedy Bosta (2005), the award winning reality-based fiction Under the Bombs (2008), and the widely-acclaimed autobiography Heritages (2014).


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