Berlinale

The River (Al nahr)

Synopsis
A young woman and a man meet for lunch in a restaurant located in the midst of a mountainous landscape in Lebanon. Suddenly, a war seems to explode in the distance, fighter planes crisscross the sky. They both leave the place and venture deeper into a nature that is more and more spectral, like the couple they form today.

Director’s note
The River is the final part of a triptych that began with The Mountain and The Valley. Three deliberately geographic titles, three territories. What binds them is essentially organic, an invariable threat that affects the whole, reaching the slightest corner, the slightest of us; a threat present in Lebanon for so long that it has imperceptibly mutated into a territory itself. With a scarcity of words, The River retraces an afternoon as it shifts into night, in the company of a young woman and a much older man, less a couple than two persons caught in an intermediate state between the continued existence of their relationship and survival itself.

Lebanon
Director: Ghassan Salhab
Producers: Khamsin Films (Lebanon), The Postoffice (Lebanon), Survivance (France), Unafilm (Germany)
German WCF partner: unafilm
World sales: Les Films du Losange (France)

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in November 2018
Funding amount: 30.000 €