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Bahiya & Mahmoud

Director: Zaid Abu Hamdan
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After receiving the Best of Festival Award at the 2011 Palm Springs International Shortfest, the film became eligible for an Academy Awards consideration.
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2011/ USA - Jordan - UAE - Lebanon14 min/ Comedy
Original Title
Bahiya Wa Mahmoud
SYNOPSIS
The film tells the story of an aging married couple who have fallen into a reliable routine of bickering and making one another miserable until the morning that Mahmoud wakes and finds his wife Bahiya gone.
CAST
Faek Homaissi
Layla Hakim
Mounia Akl
CREW
Screenwriter: Zaid Abu Hamdan
DOP: Ian S. Takahashi
Editor: Donna Mathewson
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Production Company(ies)
Zaha Productions
Producer(s)
Heba Abu Musaed
film festivals
film festivals Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
film festivals Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar
film festivals Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
film festivals Gulf Film Festival, UAE
film festivals Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Algeria
film festivals Palm Springs International Shortfest, USA
film festivals Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, USA
film festivals Heartland Film Festival, USA
film festivals Lebanese Film Festival in Sydney, Australia
film festivals Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
film festivals Beijing International Film Festival, China
film festivals Reels Short Film Festival, Canada
film festivals Franco-Arab Film Festival, Jordan
film festivals Malmö Arab Film Festival, Sweden
film festivals Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia, Japan
film festivals CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF), Canada
film festivals Middle East Now Film Festival, Italy
film awards
film awards Special Mention at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Algeria
Best of the Festival Award at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, USA
Award for Outstanding Short at the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, USA
Film of the Year at the Lebanese Film Festival in Sydney, Australia
Best Short Film at the Franco-Arab Film Festival, Jordan
Quotes
“The film plays like “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” before that alcoholic pair take the gloves off, and Abu Hamdan’s acutely chosen images reminded me of Satya[j]it Ray’s work both early and late.” Michael McDonagh - Culture Vulture