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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
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar
Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
Gulf Film Festival, UAE
Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Algeria
Palm Springs International Shortfest, USA
Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, USA
Heartland Film Festival, USA
Lebanese Film Festival in Sydney, Australia
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Beijing International Film Festival, China
Reels Short Film Festival, Canada
Franco-Arab Film Festival, Jordan
Malmö Arab Film Festival, Sweden
Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia, Japan
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF), Canada
Middle East Now Film Festival, Italy
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