Film Block: W Cinema: LAB 1 Date: 04.03.18 Time: 1.00-3.00 PM
In White *2018 OSCAR Qualifier
Director: Dania Bdeir
Runtime: 16 mins
Lara, a 24-year-old Lebanese artist living in NYC, returns home to Beirut for her father’s funeral. Her elegant strong-willed mother, Mona, pushes for Lara to behave in accordance with the social mores of Beirut and the traditional ways of grieving. Lara, in mourning and in need of her family, yields. Her Jewish American fiancee, Noah, shows up to support her – but is surprised to discover that Lara has never told her family about him. Lara can’t bring herself to risk losing her family but eventually must find a way to be true to herself.
Director Dania Bdeir was born in Lebanon and is a film graduate of Tisch, NYU. The stunning ‘In White’ is her thesis short film shot in her home country. It had its world premiere at the 2017 Clermont-Ferrand film festival. It also recently won “best international short film” at the 2017 Milan International Film Festival Awards and took the Best of Fest prize at the 2017 New Renaissance Film Festival, in London. Dania is currently writing a feature screenplay of ‘In White’. (Read NRFF’s recent interview with Dania).