Dania Bdeir / Lebanon, France / 2021 / Fiction / 15:42

A crane operator in Beirut volunteers to cover a shift on one of the most dangerous cranes, where he is able to find his freedom.

Screenings & awards:
Sundance Film Festival, United States (2022), Best International Short Film: Fiction | Tampere Film Festival, Finland (2022) International Competition,: Best Fiction Award | Minikino Film Week 8; Best Short Film Of The Year (2022)

“It is a beautifully visceral cinematic portrayal of a delicate and large inner world”
Hawa Essuman
International Jury Board 2022

Director’s biography:

Dania Bdeir is an award-winning Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker.

Bdeir, currently a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, has a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut and an MFA in directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received a full scholarship in her third year.

IN WHITE, her graduate thesis film, received the Spike Lee Production Fund and had its world premiere at Clermont-Ferrand before screening at BFI London, Uppsala, and more than 30 other festivals worldwide.

Bdeir was a 2019 Berlinale Talent and participated in its Short Film Station with WARSHA, which had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and won the Jury Prize for the Best International Fiction Short. WARSHA, which is a co-production between Inter Spinas Films (France), GoGoGo Films (France) and Né à Beyrouth Films (Lebanon), secured a pre-purchase broadcast deal with European TV channel ARTE. The short has won over 30 awards and has been selected at over 100 festivals since its premiere, including SXSW, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs Shortfest, and Tampere, among many others.

Bdeir is currently developing PIGEON WARS, which received development financing from Telefilm Canada and was selected for the Torino Film Lab x DFI Hezaya Screenwriting Lab, Cine Qua Non Storylines, and Le Groupe Ouest. She is managed by Anonymous Content.

Director’s filmography

  • Warsha (short, 2022)
  • In White (short, 2017)
  • Kaleidoscope (short, 2014)

Distributor’s contact;

Square Eyes Film