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IN THE BATTLEFIELDS (Dans les Champs de Bataille)

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IN THE BATTLEFIELDS (Dans les Champs de Bataille)

Director: Danielle Arbid
Lebanon   |   2004   |   90 minutes
Arabic and French, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Daughter of self-destructive parents, Lina, 12, doesn’t show much interest in the war taking place around her in 1980’s Beirut. Instead, Siham, her aunt’s beautiful adolescent maid, is the focal point of her rebellious and neglected childhood. As the basis for the girls’ relationship shifts, issues of loyalty and power set off a series of events, which isolate Lina even more. Unlike films in which the violence of an urban war zone motivate a family to strengthen their ties, in this film, director Danielle Arbid depicts, instead, relationships that are shattered by passion, reprisal and guilt.

About the Director Danielle Arbid was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1970. She studied literature and journalism in Paris, and worked for several years as a journalist. Her short films include, Raddem (Demolition, 1998) and Le Passeur (1999). Her documentaries include Alone with War (2000), On the Borders (2002) and Stranger (2002). In the Battlefields is Arbid’s first feature film.

Featured in the Global Lens 2006 film series.



Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.

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Global Lens 2006 trailer
CAST

Lina - Marianne Feghali
Shiam - Rawia Elchab
Yvonne - Carmen Lebbos

CREW

Director - Danielle Arbid
Producer - Jerome Vidal
Co-Producer - Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Sabine Sidawi, Hamdan Khalife, Elie Khalife
Screenwriter - Danielle Arbid
Cinematographer - Hélène Louvart
Editor - Nelly Quettier
REVIEWS

"Writer and director Danielle Arbid has done a masterful job conveying the little ties that are at the heart of female friendship....this Lebanese film reveals how the wars within our homes are some of the deadliest and most destructive we can experience." --Spirituality&Practice

“[Director Danielle Arbid] summons a stirring social and sexual awakening in the patient expression of 12-year-old Lina.” --Slant Magazine


FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2004
IMA Grand Prize, CINEMA ARABE FILM FESTIVAL
Best Feature Film, MILAN FILM FESTIVAL
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

2005
New Visions Grand Jury Prize, PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
TIMES BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

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