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Traveller, The Directed
Hadi Ghandour Lebanon-France / 2016 / 100 minutes North American Premiere
In Lebanese-French with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Hadi Ghandour, Stevan Lee Mraovitch
Adnan is a dreamer at odds with himself: a Lebanese travel agent who can describe the romances of the world to his clients, but has never left his own country. So when the opportunity arises for him to attend a business conference in Paris, he packs his suitcase and flies out, only to find himself tempted by a culture that challenges his sense of loyalty — both to family and nation.
Wide-eyed in the City of Love, Adnan is seduced by Paris one moment, then drawn back to Lebanon the next, with worried phone calls from his wife counterbalancing his European enticements. As Adnan wonders where his heart truly lies, we are charmed by his emotional tug-of-war, stuck between a lifetime of caution and his latent yearnings.
The Traveller is thoughtful and sweet, and Adnan, played with buoyancy by Rodrigue Sleiman, brings levity as his character stumbles into an unfamiliar world. — Colton Cox
Born in Amman, Jordan, Hadi Ghandour is a Lebanese/Belgian writer/director who grew up between Brussels, Beirut and the United States.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Hadi produced and directed numerous feature length documentaries across the United States that were broadcast on international television networks.
His international career later took him to Dubai and Egypt, where he worked as Head of TV Production with the Maktoob Group.
Hadi received his Masters in Film from the London Film School, and has written and directed several short films including Love After Sunrise, which played at numerous international film festivals and was awarded several prizes, including the Jury Award for Best Short Film at the United Film Festival in New York.
In parallel to developing his debut feature film, Le Voyageur Hadi is also co-writing the screenplay for director Ruben Amar's next film.
Cast/Featuring: Rodrigue Sleiman, Aida Sabra, Donia Eden, Romy Melhem, Pierre Alam
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