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Lebanese film 'Halal Love' to compete for main award at the Sundance Festival

Directed by Assad Fouladkar, 'Halal Love (and Sex)' is the only Lebanese film vying for an award in Sundance Festival's World Cinema Dramatic Competition section

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Jan 2016
Halal Love
Still from Halal Love (Photo: courtesy of Dubai International Film Festival's website)
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Halal Love (or Bil Halal), directed by Lebanese filmmaker and television director Assad Fouladkar, will compete for one of the major awards at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, scheduled to take place between 22 January and 1 February, in Utah, USA.

It is the only Lebanese film competing for an award in Sundance Festival's World Cinema Dramatic Competition section.

Set in Beirut, the film looks at four couples who are trying to deal with their love relationships, without forsaking their abidance by Islamic Sharia law.

The 2015 German-Lebanese production stars Berlin Badr, Christy Bared and Fadia Abi Chahine.

It made its world premiere at the 12th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) as part of the Arabian Nights programme.

This is Assad Fouladkar’s second feature film after his award-winning debut feature When Maryam Spoke Out (or Lama Hekiet Mariam) which came out in 2001.  

He also directed the famous Egyptian sitcom Ragel Wa Set Settat (A Man and Six Women) that stars Ashraf Abdelbaki, Leqaa Al-Khamissi, Maha Abou Ouf and Intisar.

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