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Francophone Fund supports The Valley and Beirut Hold'em (19/07/2013)

The Francophone Fund for Audiovisual Production from the South awarded a total of €595,000 by its cinema commission this June.

Among the nine selected fiction features from the South Mediterranean, Beirut Hold'em by Michel Kammoun and The valley by Ghassan Salhab were awarded €40,000 in production aid.

The Valley synopsis

Following a car accident on a lone mountain road, a middle-aged man loses his memory. Drenched in blood, he continues to walk along the deserted path. Further down the road, he encounters people with engine trouble and helps them get their car running again.  They are reluctant to leave him stranded, so they take him home to their large estate in the Bekaa valley, a place where production is not only agricultural, and a place he may never leave again....

Beirut Hold'em synopsis

Ziko a 40-year old ex-con is released from prison and wants to restart his life. He’s determined to win back Carole - the love of his life - and open up a gambling joint, locally known as an “Amusement Center.”  He reunites with his boyhood friends who share his passion for gambling and runs into his dead brother’s friend. Ziko learns that his sibling perished on an illegal motorbike race, and decides to save his brother’s friend from the same deadly fate. Driven by a relentless will to succeed, Ziko sets out on a journey through contemporary post-war Lebanese society, a place made of a strange mixture of violence, tenderness, lightness of being and tension.