Screencap of Golshifteh Farahani in “Go Home” one of the nominated films, January 28, 2018 - Dschoint Ventschr/Youtube Channel
CAIRO – 28 January 2018: Three films distributed by MAD Solutions will compete for eight awards at the upcoming 5th edition of the Lebanese Movie Awards on April 2018.
The Lebanese Movie Awards recognize the best Lebanese and International films and other achievements within the film industry, and were founded in 2014. MAD Solutions is the first independent Pan-Arab studio that fully integrates marketing and creative consulting in order to bolster the best of new talent in the Arab film industry. The three films being nominated are:
Heaven Sent - Wisam Charaf (2016)
Premiering at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, “Heaven Sent” or “Tombé du ciel” is a comedy/drama that explores the aftermath of Lebanon's 1990 civil war in the present day. It follows Omar (Raed Yassin), a bodyguard in Beirut who stumbles upon his brother Samir (Rodrigue Sleiman), a security guard believed to have been dead for 20 years. Samir struggles to reconnect with both his family and country, realizing he is now a stranger in what was once his home. “Heaven Sent” has been nominated for the Best Lebanese Motion Picture Award, and Best Ensemble Cast, Best Writing was awarded to Wisam Charaf.
Go Home - Jihane Chouaib (2015)
This is the story of Nada (Golshifteh Farahani), a young woman haunted by a mystery in her family who seeks answers in her homeland, Lebanon. She returns to what was once the grand villa of her family to find it an abandoned ruin in the wake of Lebanon's civil war, its yard reclaimed by the local community as a garbage dump. Nada is determined to find out the truth behind what happened to the owner of the house, her grandfather. Eventually, she learns that what she is looking for might be more disappointing than she could have imagined.
“Go Home” has been nominated for the Best Lebanese Director, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Design awards at the Lebanese Movie Awards. At the 2015 Dubai International Film Festival, “Go Home” was nominated the Best Feature Film Award in the Best Muhr Fiction Feature competition, and was also nominated the New Currents Award at the Busan International Film Festival.
Ya Omri (104 Wrinkles) –Hady Zaccak (2016)
“Ya Omri” (104 Wrinkles) is a touching documentary about the life of director Zaccack's Grandmother, Henriette, who is close to celebrating her 104th birthday. Through a close, personal interview with her, Zaccack is taken back in time throughout her life, discussing her emigration from Lebanon to Brazil and all the stories she has to tell about love and family. Written and Directed by Zaccack, “Ya Omri” was produced by ZAC films and distributed by MAD Solutions across the Arab World.
At the Lebanon Movie Awards, “Ya Omri” received nominations for the Best Cinematography and Best Sound Design awards. Outside the festival, the film won the Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF)'s Jury Award and the Award of Merit at the Docs Without Borders Film Festival in the USA.