MONTREAL PROGRAM 2023

Day 1 | June 1, 2024

8:00pm

Hardabacht

3 brothers live with their mother in the southern suburbs of Beirut, where the 2 oldest work in drug trafficking, and they deliberately pressure their youngest brother, who is religiously committed, to work with them. The story picks up after they get involved in a murder, and the surprise is their mother's role.




Day 2 | June 6 2024

7:30pm

Valley of Exile

Two sisters arrive in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley at the onset of the Syrian war, embarking on a journey into exile that tests their loyalty to their country, their family and each other.

Day 3 | June 3, 2024

8:00pm

My Dad: His Remarkable Life

The life of multi-Oscar® winning set decorator / designer Emile Kuri told by his youngest son John. Emile Kuri, a Lebanese motion picture talent whose parents immigrated to Mexico from Beirut in 1900, is the first Lebanese motion picture talent and first person born in Mexico to be awarded an Oscar®. (8 nominations, 2 Oscars®.) Immigrating to the U.S. for schooling his career path began in St. Louis, MO when he was hired at 15 1/2 years of age to do English / Spanish translations of business correspondence with Latin America, this for the Hamilton Brown Shoe Company. The revolution in Mexico caused the Kuri family to immigrate to Los Angeles and there Emile discovered his sense and ability with design, from storefront windows to home furnishings and ultimately to large scale projects. As he entered the movie industry he was rapidly discovered and within a few years began doing major films for Hal Roach, David O. Selznick, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, William Wyler, George Stevens, George Cukor, and his final two-decades with Walt Disney - from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" to "Mary Poppins," along with all decorating for Disneyland and Disney World Florida. In July of 1955 Emile Kuri was named "Art Craftsman of the Century - The most talented American designer of Syrian / Lebanese origin" by the American Federation of Syrian-Lebanese Clubs. His portrait was featured on the back cover of Aramco Magazine, March / April 1975 edition.

Day 3 | June 3, 2024

7:00pm

Low Budget Fiest

Four friends, driven by their artistic aspirations conduct an elaborate scheme to steal a 3$ million paiting from a prestigious gallery. In a risky twist, they decide to produce a film within the gallery itself using it as a cover. As their plan unfolds, they navigate the treacherous worlds of art, deception, and creativity, testing their friendship and challenging their artistic ambitions.

Day 4 | June 4, 2024

7:00pm

Yanal

As a young man in his twenties, Yanal decides to commit suicide after discovering that his illness has returned to spread and he has no hope of survival after the disease began to ravage the rest of his face, and the gag no longer works to hide the features of deformity in his mouth and nose, especially after he becomes attached to a big love story. He decides to commit suicide and gives his eyes to a young man who looks like him with a gag to complete the love story he started with the help of his only friend Dahab.....

Day 5 | June 5, 2024

7:00pm

The Farm

"Abboud", a 5 years old child who fled the Syrian war with his family, is a refugee with a wide imagination, he meets Wissam, a fanatic Lebanese young man, and not only turns his life upside down, but also heals his old wounds, without them knowing, they will both change each other's future paths...

Day 6 | June 6, 2024

7:30pm

Back to Alexandria

After twenty years of absence, Sue returns to her native Egypt to see her estranged mother, Fairouz, a splendid and eccentric aristocrat. Leading her on a surprising journey from Cairo back to Alexandria, Sue reconnects with her loved ones and faces startling and painful memories.