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Ladder To Damascus

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Synopsis

Ghalia is inhabited by the soul of Zeina, a girl who drowned the day she was born. Haunted by Zeina's past life, Ghalia travels to Damascus to study acting and understand her present condition. She meets Fouad an aspiring filmmaker who becomes fascinated by Ghalia's duality. He takes her under his wing and helps her find a place to live in a Damascene house, now converted into a dorm inhabited by young Syrians from different regions. Within the confines of the house and its ancient courtyard, Fouad's love for Ghalia and Zeina blossoms while the tumultuous events in Syria start unfolding in the streets around them gradually encroaches on their idyllic isolation.

Cast

Najla el Wazza, Bilal Martini, Gianna Aanid, Mohamad Zarzour, Ziad Kalsoum, Naouar Yussef, Roula Falhout, Lara Saade, Izzat Abou Jabal, Mustafa el Mustafa, Rana Malas, Hussein Al ShazliHussein Marii

Awards

Best Director of Photography Award: Joud Gourani - Malmo Arab Film Festival 2014
Critics Award - FIFOG 2014

Technical Sheet

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Soullam Ila Dimashk

GENRE:

Drama

COUNTRIES:

Lebanon / Syria / Qatar

PRODUCERS:
Abbout Productions (Georges Schoucair)

SCREENWRITERS:

Mohamad Malas & Samer Mohamed Ismail

CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Joude Gorani

EDITING:

Ayhan Ergursel

SOUND DESIGN:

Rana Eid

 

Festivals:

Toronto International Film Festival 2013
57th BFI London Film Festival
35eme Cinemed
Dubai International Film Festival 2013
4th Malmo Arab Film Festival
FIFOG 2014

Press Reviews:

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