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East Coast Premiere

DIRECTED BY Lucien Bourjeily

Country: Lebanon
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English
Original Title: غداء العيد

Running Time: 91min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition

It’s Easter in Beirut and, as many matriarchs do on this holiday, Josephine has gathered her family to celebrate. It’s no small feat given the sprawling nature of her family, many of whom haven’t shared a meal together in years. While the lunch gets off to a joyfully ruckus start, bit-by-bit the façade of the happy family gathering begins to fall away. The result is an astute meditation on the complexities of human nature and a slice-of-life portrait of Lebanese society.

A renowned theatre director and social activist in Lebanon, Lucien Bourjeily’s feature debut builds on his desire to dig into taboo topics to forge space for discourse—even if, as we see in Heaven Without People, that can come at a great cost.


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Director: Lucien Bourjeily
Producer: Farah Shaer, Lucien Bourjeily
Screenwriter: Lucien Bourjeily

Cinematographer: Ahmad Al Trabolsi
Editor: Lucien Bourjeily

Cast: Samira Sarkis, Laeticia Semaan, Jean Paul Hage, Farah Shaer, Nadim Abou Samra, Hussein Hijazi, Ghassan Chemali, Wissam Boutros, Nancy Karam, Toni Habib, Etafer Aweke, Mohamad Abbas

Lucien Bourjeily

Lucien Bourjeily is a writer and director of both theater and film. He is a Fulbright scholar and holds an MFA in Filmmaking from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Heaven Without People (17) is his feature film debut.