A Watsch Films Company

Tramontane / Rabih

A film by Vatche Boulghourjian

Drama, 2015

Rabih, a young blind man, lives in a small village in Lebanon. He sings in a choir and edits Braille documents for an income. His life unravels when he tries to apply for a passport and discovers that his identification card, which he has carried his entire life, is a forgery. Traveling across rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth, he meets people on the far fringes of society who tell their own stories, open further questions and give Rabih minor clues about his true identity.
Descending into a void at the heart of his existence, Rabih encounters a nation incapable of telling his or its own narrative.

Producers Abbout Productions (Georges Schoucair), Caroline Oliveira
Co-Producers Le Petit Bureau (Gabrielle Dumon)
Screenwriter Vatche Boulghourjian
Cinematography Jimmy Lee Phelan
Editor Nadia Ben Rachid
Sound Rana Eid
Music Composer Cynthia Zaven
Art Director Nadine Ghanem
Cast Barakat Jabbour, Julia Kassar, Toufic Barakat, Michel Adabachi, Sajed Amer, Abido Bacha, Georges Diab, Raymond Haddouni, Nassim Khodr, Odette Makhlouf, Raymonde Saade Azar

Festivals & Awards

Cannes Film Festival (Critics’ Week) – Rail D’Or Award, Dubai Film Festival – Best Actress Award – Julia Kassar, Munich International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, Festival International du film Francophone de Namur, BFI London International Film Festival, Les Arcs International Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival, IFFR in Groningen, Pula Film Festival – Special Mention.