Berlinale

Every Day Is a Holiday (Chaque jour est une fête)

Synopsis
Beirut, Lebanon. Three women who do not know each other are on the same bus headed for the same place: a male prison in the heart of the Hermel desert.
Against her parents’ wishes, Tamara is going to visit her husband, who was incarcerated on their wedding day. Lina is determined to get her husband, whose sentence is long, to sign the divorce papers which will finally set her free. Hala travels with a secret knot of fear in her stomach: hidden in her suitcase, she carries the weapon forgotten by her husband, a prison guard.
After a few humorous turns at the beginning of the journey, a fatal incident changes the tone and sets everything adrift. Contrary to their intentions, the women are left to their fates and find themselves lost in the middle of an arid landscape. They continue along their road, plunging deeper into what proves to be an internal journey. Like Lebanon seeking to reclaim its own freedom, the voyage of these three women becomes no less than a quest for their own independence.


World premiere
Toronto International Film Festival 2009

Key festivals and awards
Toronto International Film Festival 2009
Rome International Film Festival 2009
Dubai International Film Festival 2009
Black Nights Film Festival Tallinn 2009
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010
Seattle International Film Festival 2010

Lebanon 2009
Director: Dima El-Horr
Producers: Ciné-Sud Promotion (France), Orjouane Productions (Lebanon), Nikovantastic Film (Germany)
World sales: uMedia (France)
German WCF partner: Nikovantastic Film


Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2008
Funding amount: 50,000 €