FEATURE FILMS


SYMPHONY OF A FLOOD
by Darine Hotait


110 minutes
SCIENCE FICTION


. Selected at the Screenwriters Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2016 (Maison Des Scenaristes)

. Finalist at the Hearst Screenwriting Competition at San Francisco Film Society

written & directed by Darine Hotait
current status: in development

Synopsis
In a near future Beirut city, the materialists and the humanists find themselves battling the same war of survival only to find themselves confronting a larger hoax.

About the director
Darine Hotait is a Lebanese American writer and film director. Her award winning films have screened at over a hundred international film festival and can be seen on AMC Networks, SundanceTV, ShortsTV, IndieFlix, The Journal of Short Films. She is the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Artist Grant, the New York Foundation For The Arts literary Fellowship and the AFAC cinema grant. She was nominated for a Goethe Award and an EMMY blue-Ribbon Award. She is the founder of Cinephilia Productions in New York.


SHORT FILMS

TALLAHASSEE
directed by Darine Hotait
written by Hala Alyan


15 minutes
NARRATIVE DRAMA


 

 

Hala Al

written by Hala Alyan – directed by Darine Hotait
current status: in production
shooting location: Brooklyn, New York

Synopsis
Tallahassee follows the story of Mira, an Arab American woman in her late 20s, on her first day of reentering the world after being released from a psychiatric facility. Navigating her family's denial and cultural shame about her mental health issues, Mira finds herself drawn into an adventure with a little boy, whose imagination helps her begin to heal.

Tallahassee is the portrayal of a young woman's reentry into the world, a meditation on the task of life after grief. Framed in the context of diaspora, this film will grant a glimpse into the struggles of mental illness, an issue at times silenced and pathologized within Arab culture.

About the director
Darine Hotait is a Lebanese American writer and film director. Her award winning films have screened at over a hundred international film festival and can be seen on AMC Networks, SundanceTV, ShortsTV, IndieFlix, The Journal of Short Films. She is the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Artist Grant, the New York Foundation For The Arts literary Fellowship and the AFAC cinema grant. She was nominated for a Goethe Award and an EMMY blue-Ribbon Award. She is the founder of Cinephilia Productions in New York.

About the writer
Hala Alyan (writer/lead actor) is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Guernica and elsewhere. Her poetry collections have won the Arab American Book Award and the Crab Orchard Series. Her debut novel, SALT HOUSES, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017, and was the winner of the Arab American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She made her acting debut in Darine Hotait’s short film I SAY DUST that is based on Hala Alyan’s poem ‘Valentine’. 


ORB
by Darine Hotait


15 minutes
SCIENCE FICTION


. Recipient Arab Fund for Art and Culture Cinema Grant 2016

written & directed by Darine Hotait
current status: pre-production
shooting location: New York

Synopsis
In a near future Beirut, Sahar and Khaled have just lost their 8-year-old son. In a world guided by an ambiguous technology, their state of grief is given a sudden new form.