Arthouse, mainstream and experimental: the Lebanese film industry has it all! Its history started back in the late ‘20s and experienced some great successes the in ‘60s, when the legendary Fairuz starred in numerous musical productions. Between 1975 and 1990, as the country was gripped by a devastating civil war, major movie productions were halted but the film industry was not dead. It is in this period that many women filmmakers emerged. Moreover, the strong representation of female directors, producers and cinematographers is a distinctive feature of Lebanese cinema, with famous names like Nadine Labaki (Caramel), Danielle Arbid (Peur de rien) and Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance).
As of the first years of the new century, Lebanese film is consistently represented at major international festivals. Cinéma Arabe presents 4 new movies that premiered at Cannes, Toronto, Dubai and Talinn. They perfectly reflect the quality and the diversity of the Lebanese cinema: from the bold crime-comedy that is NUT$ to the melancholy self-search in Tramontane and The Traveller and finally an apocalyptic fantasy in the short film Submarine.