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Film still from THE SEA AHEAD. Panoramic shot of a city landscape with skyscrapers, an empty swimming pool and cloudy sky.

Sat 23.04.

  • Director

    Ely Dagher

  • Lebanon, France, Belgium, USA, Qatar / 2021
    110 Min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Ely Dagher in person

A young woman leaves alone the Beirut airport and makes her way to her parents’ house in the middle of the night. Having been abroad and out of reach for a while, Jana (Manal Issa) seems to be leaving a bad experience behind and seeks an escape. Haunting pressures to fit back into the family dynamics as well as revealing details of her life abroad weigh heavy on her. Feeling cornered, her fears and anxieties resurface, underlined by the bleakness of the city. In Ely Dagher's gracefully melancholic debut, Jana's apathy and depression function as a metaphor for the crisis-stricken Beirut to which she returns. (pf)

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media