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Dans les champs de bataille (Maarek Hob)

Fortnight 2004, Feature film, 1h30


Beirut, 1983. Lina, a twelve year old girl, don’t care about the war. Her secret, rebellious childhood centres around Siham, her aunt’s maid. The little girl takes it upon herself to monitor the eighteen year old ; She supervises Siham’s clandestine dates and defends her interests. However, Lina seems to be as invisible to the maid as she is to her family, in particular her father, a destructive, philandering gambler. In a precarious wartime daily existence where passion and frustrations overshadow everything, Lina inadvertently reaches into the adult world, unaware of the existence of good or evil’


Danielle Arbid

Born in 1970, Danielle Arbid left Beirut when she was 17. In Paris, she studied literature and worked as a stringer for various newspapers. She has been making films for the last 10 years. ?Dans les champs de bataille,? her first feature, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in 2004. Her other films, in particular « Seule avec la guerre » « Aux frontières » and « Conversation de salon, » were warmly received and won several prizes including the Video Gold Leopard Prize at the Locarno Film Festival.

Aouni Kawass
Carmen Leboss
Laudi Arbid
Marianne Feghali
Rawia El Chab

Danielle Arbid

Hélène Louvard

Faouzi Thabet

Nelly Quettier

Boney M, Blondie, Azar Habib, The Buzzcocks

Set decoration
André Fonsny

Production : Quo Vadis Cinéma 75 bis, Avenue Danielle Casanova 94200 Ivry s/ Seine France tél : +33 (0)1 46 72 52 14 fax : +33 (0)1 46 72 52 20 ventes à l’étranger: Bavaria Film International Bavaria Film Platz 8 82031 Geiselgasteig Allemagne co-Production : Versus Prod (Belgique) Taxi Films (Liban)

Title in Original Version : Dans les champs de bataille