The Lebanese Culture Ministry has selected the film “Void” (وينن) as the nation’s Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards.
Written by Georges Khabbaz, who also wrote and directed, “Ghadi,” the country’s last submission, “Void” was directed by seven young graduates from the Notre Dame University – Louaize: Naji Bechara, Jad Beyrouthy, Zeina Makki, Tarek Korkomaz, Christelle Ighniades, Maria Abdel Karim and Salim Habr.
“Void” revolves around six women searching for their loved ones who went missing during the Lebanese Civil War that took place from 1975 to 1990. While their stories offer diverse perspectives on the issue, all of them are pushing for the country’s Parliament to reopen their cases and give them some answers.
The film is a Notre Dame University Production. U.S. rights are still available.
The Middle Eastern country has submitted films since 1978 but has yet to be nominated. Lebanon’s highest profile submission was 2007’s “Caramel” by Nadine Labaki, which eventually became the first Lebanese film to get a major U.S. theatrical release when it was picked up by Roadside Attractions. Labaki’s followup “Where Do We Go Now?” was also submitted for AMPAS consideration and released stateside by Sony Pictures Classics but with less success that its predecessor.