A Watsch Films Company


A film by Oualid Mouaness

Drama, 2019

Summer 1982, Wissam, an 11-year-old boy, is determined to tell a girl in his classroom that he loves her. It is the end of the academic year of a school tucked safely in the mountains overlooking Beirut; final exams are underway. As Wissam yearns to express himself, the day is interrupted when an air invasion reaches Beirut. Even though the danger is still far, the school has to shut down and the students are sent home. Wissam gets even more determined to get to the girl as it becomes clear to him that no one knows what tomorrow will bring. This story of first love against this backdrop portrays a day the kids will never forget.

Producers Abbout Productions (Georges Schoucair), Tricycle Logic, Alix Madigan, and Christopher Tricarico (Mad Dog Films)
Screenwriter Oualid Mouaness
Cinematography Brian Rigney Hubbard
Editor Jad Dani Ali Hassan, Sabine El Gemayel
Sound Rana Eid
Music Composer Nadim Mishlawi
Supported by The Doha Film Institute
Cast Nadine Labaki, Mohamad Dalli, Ghassan Maalouf, Aliya Khalidi, Rodrigue Sleiman, Gia Madi, Lelya Harkous, Said Serhan, Zeina Saab de Melero, Joseph Azoury

Festivals & Awards

Toronto International Film Festival – NETPAC Award, El Gouna Film Festival – FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival – Youth Audience Award, Carthage Film Festival, Asian World Film Festival – Audience Award, Ajyal Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Göteborg Film Festival, Hainan International Film Festival – Best Children’s Picture.