Under the Concrete

Director: Roy Arida
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The film had its market premiere at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Français à Paris.
The film received grants from CNC, SCAM, Institut Français, and AFAC.
The film spotlights some of Beirut's youth daily struggles and social issues in the light of the political conflicts ripping up the country.
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2020/ France - Lebanon78 min/ Drama
Original Title
Sous le Béton
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Beirut, Lebanon. The city is riveted by a series of car bomb attacks. Alain, bored with his job as a sales representative, decides to turn his back on his life in this madness. Looking for a way out, he decides to devote himself to his passion, scuba diving. Quickly, he becomes increasingly obsessed with only one thing: breaking the world diving record.
Nathalie Japiot
Alain Najm
Toufic Khreich
Screenwriter: Roy Arida
DOP: Jacques Girault
Editor: Xavier Sirven
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Production Company(ies)
Roy Arida
Vincent Le Port
Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun
film festivals
Rendez-vous du Cinéma Français à Paris, France
Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland
La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival, France
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Hainan International Film Festival, China
film awards
Saad el-din Wahba Award for Best Arabic Film - Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
“Arida clearly has the makings of an excellent, fearless filmmaker whose potential we look forward to seeing deployed, buoyed by greater resources” Fabien Lemercier - Cineuropa

"Arida wants us to see - and just as importantly, hear - the world as Alain does, to go beyond character study into character immersion"
Amber Wilkinson - Eye For Film