MARTYR

A film by Mazen Khaled

 

For Hassane, a young man from an impoverished neighborhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization and hopelessness.
Hassane’s strange sudden drowning at Beirut’s rocky shore sparks a mob procession, and strips apart the bond of youth and friendship, forcing his friends to grapple with loss and powerlessness, and with the cold heavy truth of their friend’s dead body. The funeral is transformed into a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of life, youth, friendship, and love.

 

 

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Year: 2017
Production Countries: Lebanon, Italy
Runtime: 80
Original Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

CREW
Director: Mazen Khaled
Script: Mazen Khaled
CinematographyRachelle Noja & Talal Khoury
EditorVartan Avakian
Sound Design: Victor Bresse
Music
Zeid Hamdan and Vladimir Kurumilian 
Colorist: Belal Hibri

 

 

CAST 
MOTHER Carol Abboud | HASSANE Hamza Mekdad
FRIEND Mostafa Fahs | FRIEND Hady Bou Ayash | FRIEND Rachad Nassereddine | FATHER Rabih el Zaher | SISTER Raneem Mourad

 

 


DIRECTOR

Mazen Khaled was born in Beirut, Lebanon. After a period spent in policy analysis and research, he moved to Advertising where he wrote and directed TV ads as part of his work as creative director. He studied and worked in Beirut, Washington DC, Dubai, and Montreal. Mazen’s work tends to focus on the human body, framing it aesthetically, but also placing it within the frameworks of spirituality, family, and society. This stems out of a conviction that when bodies come together, it is in defiance of an impossible, or in exploration of truth. The singular result is a fleeting and difficult to capture construction of a unique aesthetic


 

MARTYR_Presskit

FESTIVALS 

74 Venice International Film Festival
MedFilm Festival
Belgrade International Film Festival
SXSW
BFI FLARE London LGBT+ Film Festival
Subversive Film Festival
Sicilia Queer International New Visions FilmFest
Guanajuato International Film Festival
Lebanese Film Festival Sydney
Omladinski Film Festival Sarajevo

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