A man searches for his origins in a land where people cannot retell his or their own past.
Rabih, a young blind man, lives in a small village in Lebanon. He sings in a choir and edits Braille documents for an income. His life unravels when he tries to apply for a passport and discovers that his identification card, which he has carried his entire life, is a forgery. Traveling across rural Lebanon in search of a record of his own birth, he meets people on the far fringes of society who tell their own stories, open further questions and give Rabih minor clues about his true identity. Descending into a void at the heart of his existence, Rabih encounters a nation incapable of telling his or its own narrative. Tramontane is set and shot entirely on location in Lebanon.
Tramontane premiered in Cannes' 2016 Critic's Week and was awarded the audience prize
Sunday 09 October
Ritzy Cinema, Screen 2
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane ondon SW2 1JG
Sunday 12 October
BFI Southbank, NFT2
South Block, Belvedere Rd, London SE12 8XT
About The Artist/Lead Role
Barakat Jabbour was born blind in 1991, in Northern Lebanon. He showed musical talent at a very early age and went on to study music at The Lebanese School for the Blind and Deaf, where he also joined the choir. He later pursued advanced studies in oriental music at the Antonine University in Lebanon. He currently teaches oriental music and performs across Lebanon and the Middle East with various ensembles. Tramontane is his first experience in film.
About the Director
Vatche Boulghourjian is a Lebanese filmmaker. He holds an MFA from New York University’s Graduate Film Program, where he was a departmental fellow. Before attending NYU, Boulghourjian worked throughout the Middle East on documentaries for television while also independently making shorts, experimental films, and documentaries. TheFifth Column, his thesis film, received a production grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and in 2010 premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, as part of the Cinéfondation’s Selection, where it was awarded Third Prize. His films have screened at festivals worldwide, garnering critical attention and numerous awards. Boulghourjian’s first feature Tramontanewas selected to premiere in the feature film competition of the 55th Edition of La Semaine de la Critique / Critic’s Week in Cannes 2016.
About the Composer
Cynthia Zaven is a composer, pianist and artist based in Beirut. She performs classical, experimental and improvised music in solo shows as well as in collaboration with other artists. Her projects combine a variety of media including video, photography, performance and the use of archive material to explore the relationship between sound, memory and identity through interwoven narratives. She is currently a piano professor at the Higher National Conservatory of Music in Beirut.